The Tennessee Highway Patrol announced Wednesday that there was only one alcohol-related fatality in the 16 counties the No Refusal Campaign was enforced in over the Thanksgiving holiday period.
Over the whole state, six people were killed during the time period, three of them in alcohol-related crashes. Last year, nine people died during the same time period. Three of this year’s victims were not wearing seatbelts, and one of the victims died in Maury County and was a No Refusal participant.
Additionally, five persons suspected to be intoxicated who refused to take a blood alcohol level test were forced to give blood samples under the No Refusal Law.
The campaign was a join effort between the THP, the Governor’s Highway Safety Office, local district attorneys, and various local and state law enforcement agencies.
The No Refusal Law allows law enforcement officials to seek search warrants for blood samples in cases involving suspected impaired drivers. The goal is to deter impaired driving and reduce fatal crashes on Tennessee roadways, officials said.
Overall, 78 individuals were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.