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“No Refusal” Drunk Driving Enforcement

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Law enforcement agencies across Tennessee plan to use a new state law to crack down on drunk driving this holiday weekend.

The “no refusal” law allows officers to obtain a search warrant for a blood alcohol content (BAC) test for any driver they suspect of driving while intoxicated and who refuses a breathalyzer.

Under Tennessee law, a driver refusing to submit to a BAC test has their license suspended for six months automatically.

The new law allows officers to go even further and have blood drawn.

This weekend’s enforcement, which begins at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, will take place in 16 counties across the state.

They include: Bedford, Campbell, Chester, Cumberland, Jefferson, Lincoln, McMinn, Meigs, Roane, Robertson, Rutherford, Shelby, Sullivan, Tipton, Warren and Weakley counties.

The state says it chose to target those counties because impaired driving and fatal crashes have increased there this year.