published Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Tennessee Highway Patrol 'no refusal' DUI crackdown starts July 3rd

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    Tennessee State Troopers and Red Bank police officers stop cars on Cherokee Boulevard at a safety and sobriety checkpoint to check for seat belts and intoxication.
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HAMILTON COUNTY, Tenn. — The state of Tennessee hopes changes in DUI laws will make drunk drivers sober up and be responsible this July 4th holiday.

In 2012, the Tennessee Highway Patrol made nearly 600 DUI arrests in the Tennessee Valley, and it hopes the 'no refusal' law will lead to more convictions.

THP is taking full advantage of pursuing blood samples from suspected drunk drivers, a test that some drivers, in the past, could refuse.

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