Tenn. officials: 5 people killed in traffic crashes during Memor

Tenn. officials: 5 people killed in traffic crashes during Memorial Day holiday period

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NASHVILLE (WATE) - The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security says five people were killed in traffic crashes during the 78-hour Memorial Day holiday period this year, compared to 10 fatalities during the same period in 2013.

Four of the people killed were in vehicles, while one was on an all-terrain vehicle (ATV). One of the fatalities, reported in Loudon County, was alcohol-related.

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Tennessee Highway Patrol arrested 153 suspects on suspicion of DUI and issued 1,532 seat belt citations statewide. Nearly 1,500 speeding tickets were issued, while 41 "Move Over" violations were also reported by state troopers.

THP's "No Refusal" campaign coincided with this year's Memorial Day period, which ran from 6 p.m. Friday, May 24 through 11:59 p.m. on Monday, May 27. In the eight participating "No Refusal" counties, no traffic fatalities were reported.

State troopers also removed 61 impaired drivers from the roadways and issued 438 seat belt citations in the "No Refusal" counties.

"No Refusal" 2014 statistics:


DUI Arrests
Refusal to take BAC test/
Search warrants obtained for blood samples

Sevier County
9
1
McMinn County
1
1
Rutherford County
29
2
Shelby County
2
0
Washington County
7
0
Cumberland County
10
1
Giles County
3
0
Weakley County
0
0


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