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Tenn. Highway Patrol To Use "No Refusal" Blood Tests

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NASHVLLLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The Tennessee Highway Patrol is gearing up for a "no refusal" enforcement campaign over the Labor Day holiday.

The "no refusal" law allows officials to seek search warrants for blood samples in cases involving suspected impaired drivers.

THP Colonel Tracy Trott says the Labor Day holiday is especially dangerous because there’s so much going on.

“It’s last minute vacations for families. School is back in swing. We have a lot of football games; University of Tennessee, Vanderbilt, and high-school football games all happening around the weekend. It makes for a dangerous weekend, but one that we’re going to work very hard to make sure people are safe.”

In addition to "no refusal" enforcement, troopers will conduct driver's license, sobriety and seat belt checkpoints, as well as saturation patrols and bar and tavern checks.

The special enforcement effort begins at midnight on Friday and concludes at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, September 1.