THP launches DUI enforcement campaign over Labor Day weekend

THP launches DUI enforcement campaign over Labor Day weekend

Posted: Updated: Aug 30, 2013 5:37 PM CDT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

The Tennessee Highway Patrol will be cracking down on impaired drivers over the Labor Day holiday weekend with their "No Refusal" initiative.

The campaign aims at deterring drunk and reducing deadly crashes.

Starting at 6 p.m. Friday night, law enforcement across 11 counties will set-up sobriety and seatbelt check points.

The No Refusal weekend allows officers to get search warrants for blood samples in cases involving suspected impaired drivers. 

During the 2012 Labor Day holiday, 12 people were killed in 11 crashes on Tennessee roads.  Alcohol was a factor in two of the fatalities, while the majority of those killed were not wearing seatbelts.

State officials say the initiative is another way to keep drivers accountable.

"We do not want to go knock on someone's door and tell them that their loved one has lost their life to a drunk driver whose out on the highway. We're going to do our job and no portion of our job is inconvenient when it leads to the saving of one life. If we can save one life by seeking a search warrant that's what we're going to do," said Sgt. Bill Miller of the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

The enforcement ends Monday night at 11:59 p.m.

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