THP plans “No Refusal” campaign for New Year’s observances
Posted By Sparta Live | December 30, 2013 12:00 am
Beginning at 6 p.m. on Mon., Dec. 30 and concluding at 11:59 p.m. on Wed., Jan. 1, the Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting “No Refusal” enforcements across the state in an effort to combat impaired driving, and ultimately fatal traffic crashes.
One county in each of the eight THP districts across the state has been chosen to host a No Refusal checkpoint. In the Cookeville District, Putnam County has been chosen.
During these checkpoints, law enforcement officials will be able to seek search warrants for blood samples in cases involving suspected impaired drivers under the No Refusal legislation.
While checkpoints aren’t scheduled for White and Van Buren counties, troopers are planning saturation patrols, according to Captain R.C. Christian.
With saturation patrols, Capt. Christian says troopers are able “to cover more ground and spread out to address areas where the data shows alcohol-related crashes occur.”
He says troopers anticipate traffic flowing into White County from Putnam County, as well as from major highways leading to bigger cities.
Last year during the holiday period, nine people were killed in eight fatal crashes statewide. This was an increase from the six fatalities the year before. Alcohol was involved in five of the nine fatalities last year.
Nearly half (43 percent) of the vehicle occupants were not wearing seatbelts.
From Jan. 1 to Dec. 20, 2013, 6,180 individuals have been arrested for impaired driving, an increase from 5,558 last year.
The number of alcohol-related crashes has decreased with the rise in arrests, with 2,072 crashes as of Dec. 20, 80 less than 2012.
A total of 973 people have died on Tennessee roadways as o Dec. 26, a three percent decrease at the same time last year.
In White County, six people have been killed in traffic crashes. This is the same number as this time last year.