Tennessee Highway Patrol plans 'no refusal' enforcement

Tennessee Highway Patrol plans 'no refusal' enforcement

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It's a small memorial set up for Dawn Reynolds, 35, who was killed in a car crash four years ago by an impaired driver. It's a small memorial set up for Dawn Reynolds, 35, who was killed in a car crash four years ago by an impaired driver.
"You wake up every morning and go to bed every night thinking about your child. There's nothing that changes that ever," said Maudie Ward. "You wake up every morning and go to bed every night thinking about your child. There's nothing that changes that ever," said Maudie Ward.

MAYNARDVILLE (WATE/AP) - Tennessee Highway Patrol plans a "no refusal" enforcement campaign in several counties across the state during the New Year's Eve holiday period.

Tennessee's "no refusal" law allows officers to seek search warrants for blood samples when they suspect a driver to be impaired.

Driving down Maynardville Pike, you might not notice a cross. It's a small memorial set up for Dawn Reynolds, 35, who was killed in a car crash four years ago by an impaired driver.

"You wake up every morning and go to bed every night thinking about your child. There's nothing that changes that ever," said her mother Maudie Ward.

Ward is now raising her daughter's three children and hopes by sharing this tragedy it will change someone's mind before they drink and drive.

"It doesn't only devastate the person that's been killed, it devastates the whole family and it happens too much," she said.

That's why THP is enforcing their "no refusal" campaign starting on Monday aiming to catch impaired drivers and prevent fatal crashes.

The special enforcement includes saturation patrols; bar and tavern checks; and checkpoints for seat belts, sobriety and driver's licenses. It begins at 6 p.m. Monday and ends at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday.

"Most people think that we're out here talking to the people that are choosing to be impaired or out here driving impaired and we are. But it's also to increase the awareness for the average drivers to be on the lookout for these types of people," said Sergeant Randall Martin.

In Dawn Reynolds' case, she was killed right before Christmas, her family saying it's a loss beyond words. That's why they want everyone to be cautious while ringing in 2014.

"It destroys families. It's just like a vine," said Ward.

According to the Highway Patrol, nine people were killed in fatal crashes on Tennessee roadways during last year's 78-hour New Year's Eve holiday period. That's an increase from the six vehicular fatalities during the 2011-12 New Year's holiday.

6 News Reporter LAURA HALM contributed to this report.

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