Two DUIs charged during ‘No Refusal’ weekend
The Tennessee Highway Patrol arrested 61 individuals on suspicion of impaired driving in the 16-county “No Refusal” enforcement effort during the Fourth of July holiday period.
In Lincoln County, there were two DUI arrests.
During the 102-hour period, six people were killed in traffic crashes in the counties participating in “No Refusal” and a total of 16 people died in vehicular crashes statewide. The holiday period ran from 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3, through 11:50 p.m. on Sunday, July 7.
Twelve suspects refused to take a breathalyzer test and seven warrants were obtained for a blood sample under the ‘No Refusal’ law. Investigators were unable to obtain warrants on five suspects.
“No Refusal” permits law enforcement officials to seek search warrants for blood samples in cases involving suspected impaired drivers. The goal is to deter impaired driving and reduce fatal crashes on Tennessee roadways.
THP district captains selected two counties in each district to enforce “No Refusal”. , Lincoln and Maury were selected from the Lawrenceburg District.
Preliminary reports indicate that six people were killed in five separate crashes in participating “No Refusal” areas, including Hamilton, Tipton, Davidson, two, and Cocke counties, two. One of those crashes was alcohol-related.
Overall 16 people were killed in 14 crashes during the Fourth of July period, compared to 21 vehicular fatalities during last year’s period. Eleven of the vehicle occupants were not wearing seat belts. Additionally, one ATV rider was killed.