THP Announce “No Refusal” Enforcement During Labor Day Weekend

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee Department of Safety announced plans for a “No Refusal” enforcement campaign during the Labor Day holiday weekend. This special enforcement will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, August 30 and conclude at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, September 2. The “No Refusal” enforcement will be conducted in 11 counties across the state, including Henry County, and is aimed at deterring impaired driving and reducing fatal crashes on Tennessee roadways. The “No Refusal” legislation allows law enforcement officials to seek search warrants for blood samples in cases involving suspected impaired drivers. “The ultimate goal is to save lives on Tennessee roadways. This targeted ‘No Refusal‘ enforcement gives law enforcement and prosecutors another tool to hold drunk drivers accountable,” Commissioner Gibbons said. The participating “No Refusal” counties include Roane (Knoxville District); Marion, McMinn, Meigs and Sequatchie (Chattanooga District); Rutherford (Nashville District); Fayette (Memphis District); Carter (Fall Branch District); Putnam (Cookeville District); Giles (Lawrenceburg District); and Henry County (Jackson District). During the 2012 Labor Day holiday, 12 people were killed in 11 fatal crashes on Tennessee roadways. That‘s the same as the 11 vehicular fatalities in 2010. Last year, alcohol was involved in two of the fatalities, and 64 percent of vehicle occupants killed were not wearing safety restraints.

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