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Tennessee Highway Patrol to conduct “No Refusal” enforcement during New Year’s Eve Holiday

THP Reminds Drivers to Not Drink and Drive

Tennessee Highway Patrol - THPNashville, TN – The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) will conduct a “No Refusal” traffic safety enforcement campaign during the 2016 New Year’s Eve holiday period beginning Friday, December 30th, at 6:00pm and concluding Sunday, January 1st, at 11:59pm.

State troopers will perform saturation patrols and bar/tavern checks as well as seat belt, sobriety and driver’s license checkpoints during the holiday. All of Tennessee’s 95 counties will have troopers working to ensure a safe holiday as we conclude the year.

The state statute regarding “No Refusal” allows law enforcement officials to seek search warrants for blood samples in cases involving suspected impaired drivers.

Tennessee Highway Patrolman on a traffic stop.
Tennessee Highway Patrolman on a traffic stop.

The “No Refusal” enforcement will take place in one county in each of the eight THP Districts.

This campaign is aimed at deterring impaired driving and reducing fatal crashes on Tennessee roadways.

“The goal of the THP is to keep everyone who is traveling on Tennessee roadways safe,” Colonel Tracy Trott said. “We will not tolerate impaired drivers. State troopers will aggressively enforce the drinking and driving law during the New Year’s holiday period.”

The participating “No Refusal” counties include Sevier County (Knoxville District); Coffee County (Chattanooga District); Rutherford County (Nashville District); Shelby County (Memphis District); Washington County (Fall Branch District); Putnam County (Cookeville District); Maury County (Lawrenceburg District); and Benton County (Jackson District).

During last year’s New Year’s holiday period, nine people were killed in nine traffic crashes on Tennessee roadways. Of the nine vehicular fatalities, eight were vehicle occupants and one was a pedestrian. Alcohol was involved in three (33.3 %) of the traffic deaths, while four of the eight vehicle occupants killed were not wearing seat belts. State troopers have arrested 7,726 individuals for alcohol-impaired driving from January 1st through December 28th, 2016. In 2015, the number of arrests made during that time was 8,330.

“Our department will be working diligently to make sure our roadways are safe for travelers,” Commissioner David W. Purkey said. “This holiday weekend, we hope you will enjoy time with your family and friends as you ring in the New Year. Please choose a sober driver to get home safely.”

Statewide sobriety and driver license checkpoints for the upcoming holiday are available on our website at www.TN.Gov/safety. We CARE……Buckle up Tennessee and Do Not Drink and Drive.

The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s (www.TN.Gov/safety) mission is to serve, secure, and protect the people of Tennessee.


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