Tennessee residents should be prepared for the No Refusal Campaign during the Thanksgiving holiday, which is a high-visibility, safe driving enforcement period held during major holiday seasons.
The No Refusal law allows enforcement officials to seek search warrants for blood samples in cases involving suspected impaired drivers.
“Thanksgiving is the beginning of the holiday travel season for millions of Americans. In Tennessee, state troopers, prosecutors and judges in 16 counties across the state have joined together to ensure drunk drivers are removed from the roadways and travelers get to their destination safely,” Bill Gibbons, Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security commissioner, said in a prepared statement. “We thank both the local and state officials in advance for their participation in this effort.”
Two counties from each of the eight THP districts will participate, including Monroe and Sevier (Knoxville district); Franklin and Grundy (Chattanooga district); Davidson and Sumner (Nashville district); Shelby and Fayette (Memphis district); Cocke and Washington (Fall Branch district); Clay and Putnam (Cookeville district); Lawrence and Maury (Lawrenceburg district); and Chester and Weakley (Jackson district).
During the 2011 Thanksgiving holiday period, nine people died on Tennessee roadways, a decrease of 43.8 percent from the 2010 holiday. Almost half of the deaths were alcohol-related.
“Our statewide goal is to reduce the number of serious injury and fatal motor vehicle crashes throughout Tennessee,” Kendell Poole, governor’s highway safety office director,said in a prepared statement. “We’ve significantly increased our efforts by partnering with local law enforcement agencies, as well as state officials during enforcement campaigns such as No Refusal. Everyone’s participation is crucial for the success of this campaign.”