Tennessee state troopers upping patrols for holiday weekend

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — More drivers will be on the road for the holiday weekend, and with that comes more patrols.

The Tennessee State Highway Patrol will be looking for people driving drunk or distracted.

Their goal is to have no fatalities, and troopers hope legislation called No Refusal will help them achieve it.

But not every county will be enforcing No Refusal this weekend.

Sgt. Chris Richardson with highway patrol said, “Under No Refusal weekends, the judges can order a blood draw through a search warrant.”

Richardson knows the deadly impact of drunk driving all too well.

“People don’t mean to be selfish, but they are,” he said. “They’re not thinking about potentially what they could cause to someone else.”

Unfortunately, he said holiday weekends sometimes lead more people to make that bad choice.

“Any time there’s a holiday weekend people are more apt to drink and drive or be under the influence of any other illicit drug,” he said.

This weekend, the No Refusal legislation will be enforced in several counties, including Shelby.

It will not be enforced in Davidson and Knox counties, including Nashville and Knoxville. But Richardson said it is not because they are getting a free pass.

“Typically, we’ll look at statistics, and that’s where we will set up for that weekend,” he said. “For the most part, we have a lot of counties that have already done it so far within the year.”

Richardson said if you do plan on having a few drinks this weekend, just make sure you have got someone you can call as a designated driver.

Enforcement will start Friday at midnight go through Monday night.

Troopers will also be watching for distracted driving and seat belt violations.

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