THP plans saturation patrols for DUI during New Year holiday period

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Highway Patrol will conduct a “no refusal” traffic safety enforcement campaign over the New Year’s holiday period.

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

The enforcement period will begin at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday and conclude at 11:59 p.m. Sunday.

State troopers will perform saturation patrols; seat belt, sobriety and driver’s license checkpoints; and bar/tavern checks during the holiday.

During last year’s New Year’s holiday period, officials say 16 people were killed in traffic crashes on Tennessee roadways. Of the 16 vehicular fatalities, 15 were vehicle occupants and one was a pedestrian. Alcohol was involved in six of the traffic deaths, while seven individuals killed were not wearing seat belts.