NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee Highway Patrol Officers are reminding drivers that they will be out in force over the Thanksgiving holiday.
Troopers will conduct a "No Refusal" campaign starting at 6 p.m. Wednesday and ending midnight on Sunday, November 25.
It allows officer to seek search warrants for blood samples if they expect drivers are impaired. Thanksgiving marks the third "No Refusal" enforcement effort this year.
"Thanksgiving is the beginning of the holiday travel season for millions of Americans. In Tennessee, State Troopers, prosecutors and judges in 16 counties across the state have joined together to ensure drunk drivers are removed from the roadways and travelers get to their destination safely. We thank both the local and state officials in advance for their participation in this effort," Tennessee Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons said.
The goal of the "No Refusal" effort is to keep everyone as safe as possible on the roads. Expect to see extra troopers out starting Wednesday and through the weekend.
"We anticipate an increase in traffic through Tennessee during the holidays," THP Colonel Tracy Trott said. "State Troopers will saturate the interstate systems and high-crash corridors and place an emphasis on impaired driving, seat belt usage and traffic law compliance. Our goal is to save lives."
Nine people were killed on Tennessee roadways over the Thanksgiving holiday in 2011. According to officials almost half of those killed were alcohol-related deaths.
"Our statewide goal is to reduce the number of serious injury and fatal motor vehicle crashes throughout Tennessee," Governor's Highway Safety Office Director Kendell Poole said. "We've significantly increased our efforts by partnering with local law enforcement agencies, as well as state officials during enforcement campaigns such as ‘No Refusal.' Everyone's participation is crucial for the success of this campaign."