Tennessee troopers set up ‘no refusal’ checkpoints with mandatory blood draws through Jan. 4

The Tennessee Highway Patrol will enforce a “no refusal” traffic safety policy from New Year’s Eve to Monday, January 4, 2016, in a effort the agency says will reduce the number of fatal crashes over the holiday.

A 2012 state law allows police to force drivers to have blood drawn. Previously, drivers could decline such tests with the understanding that their drivers license would be suspended.

This year, troopers will patrol various checkpoints and bars, checking to ensure drivers are buckled up and sober. Officers will be allowed to seek search warrants, and any suspected impaired driver could be subject to blood sampling.

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