No Refusal Weekend

The Tennessee Department of Safety says it has initiated the department’s second “No Refusal” enforcement campaign beginning at 6 pm Friday (Aug. 31).
“No Refusal” is the latest enforcement strategy aimed at deterring impaired driving and reducing fatal crashes on Tennessee roadways. The new law, passed this year by the General Assembly, allows law enforcement officials to seek search warrants for blood samples in cases involving suspected impaired drivers.
In years past, a person could refuse testing unless he or she had prior convictions or there was a serious injury. The new enforcement allows the district attorneys to seek a warrant regardless of objection. A sound application based on probable cause is required.
The targeted enforcement will focus on 16 counties where impaired driving and fatal crashes have increased in 2012. The counties are McMinn, Meigs, Roane, Campbell, Robertson, Rutherford, Shelby, Tipton, Jefferson, Sullivan, Cumberland, Warren, Bedford, Lincoln, Chester and Weakley.
In Tennessee, the preliminary number of alcohol-related crashes has increased 8.7 percent through the first seven months of 2012, compared to that same time period last year. The number of DUI arrests made during that time increased by 29 percent.
In addition to the “No Refusal” program, motorists can also expect sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols in other counties across the state for routine holiday enforcement.