Tennessee Highway Patrol Announces 4th Of July "No Refusal" Results And Overall Holiday Statistics

Friday, July 12, 2013

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. 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 last Wednesday, through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday.

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,” specifically, Knox and Sevier (Knoxville District); Hamilton and Franklin (Chattanooga District); Davidson and Montgomery (Nashville District); Dyer and Tipton (Memphis District); Cocke and Unicoi (Fall Branch District); Cumberland and Warren (Cookeville District); Lincoln and Maury (Lawrenceburg District); and Henry and Weakley Counties (Jackson 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 (two) counties. One of those crashes was alcohol-related.

Overall, 16 people were killed in 14 total 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. 

The results for the 16-county “No Refusal” enforcement effort are listed below. A statistical report from the Fourth of July holiday period also accompanies this release.

Knox County

DUI arrests:                                            9

Refusal to take BAC test/

Search warrants obtained for blood samples:      1

 
Sevier County

DUI arrests:                                            7

Refusal to take BAC test/

Search warrants obtained for blood samples:      0

 
Hamilton County

DUI Arrests:                                            16                                            

Refusal to take BAC test/

Search warrants obtained for blood samples:      2

 
Franklin County

DUI Arrests:                                            3                                              

Refusal to take BAC test/

Search warrants obtained for blood samples:      2

 
Davidson County

DUI Arrests:                                            3                                              

Refusal to take BAC test/

Search warrants obtained for blood samples:      0

 
Montgomery County

DUI Arrests:                                            1                                              

Refusal to take BAC test/

Search warrants obtained for blood samples:      1

 
Dyer County

DUI Arrests:                                            3                                              

Refusal to take BAC test/

Search warrants obtained for blood samples:      0

 
Tipton County

DUI Arrests:                                            4                                              

Refusal to take BAC test/

Search warrants obtained for blood samples:      0

 

Cocke County

DUI Arrests:                                            0                                              

Refusal to take BAC test/

Search warrants obtained for blood samples:      0

 
Unicoi County

DUI Arrests:                                            1                                              

Refusal to take BAC test/

Search warrants obtained for blood samples:      0


Cumberland County

DUI Arrests:                                            0                                              

Refusal to take BAC test/

Search warrants obtained for blood samples:      0


Warren County

DUI Arrests:                                            5                                              

Refusal to take BAC test:                             4

Search warrants obtained for blood samples       0


Lincoln County

DUI Arrests:                                            2                                              

Refusal to take BAC test/

Search warrants obtained for blood samples:      0

 
Maury County

DUI Arrests:                                            4                                              

Refusal to take BAC test:                             2

Search warrants obtained for blood samples       1

 
Henry County

DUI Arrests:                                            1                                              

Refusal to take BAC test/

Search warrants obtained for blood samples:      0

 
Weakley County

DUI Arrests:                                            2                                              

Refusal to take BAC test/

Search warrants obtained for blood samples:      0

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