Aug. 29– Taking aim at intoxicated drivers, the Tennessee Highway Patrol is conducting a “No Refusal” enforcement campaign in Hardin County during this year’s Labor Day holiday period.
This special enforcement effort is now in effect and concludes at 11:59 p.m. Monday.
The “No Refusal” legislation allows law enforcement officials to seek search warrants for blood samples in cases involving suspected impaired drivers. Drivers who refuse to be tested will be forced to submit.
To comply with state law, the Highway Patrol announces roadblock locations to the public.
In Hardin County starting tonight at 8, troopers will have a driver license safety checkpoint in operation on Tenn. 22 at the intersection of Tenn. 142.
Five hours later, at 1 a.m. Saturday, a sobriety roadside safety checkpoint is scheduled to be manned on Tenn. 22 at the intersection of Tenn. 128.
“Law enforcement officials have another tool to utilize to deter impaired driving and reduce fatal crashes on Tennessee roadways by conducting ‘No Refusal’ enforcements,” THP Col. Tracy Trott said. “We have chosen to implement this enforcement in each of the eight highway patrol districts, and with the help of various local law enforcement agencies across the state. The ultimate goal is remove drunk drivers from our roadways and to save lives,” he added.