'No refusal' DUI enforcement over holiday weekend

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Tennessee Highway Patrol will conduct "no refusal" DUI enforcement in 16 counties over the Fourth of July weekend.

The practice allows troopers to get search warrants for blood samples in cases involving suspected impaired drivers.

Stepped-up traffic enforcement begins statewide at 6 p.m. Wednesday and lasts through midnight Sunday.

The Department of Safety and Homeland Security said 21 people were killed in 17 traffic crashes over the Independence Day holiday weekend in 2012, at a rate of about one death every six hours.

Half of the crashes involved alcohol and nearly 40 percent of those killed weren't wearing seat belts.

AAA motor club estimates about 724,000 people will travel at least 50 miles from home over the holiday period -- 84 percent of them by car.

4th of July Driver License & Sobriety Checkpoints
Checkpoint County Road/Highway Time of Day
Thursday, July 4      
Driver's License Loudon Foster Rd. @ Browder Hill & Stevens Rd. Afternoon
Sobriety*** Knox Concord Rd. @ State Route 332 Late Night
Sobriety*** Knox State Route 62 East @ State Route 162 Late Night
Friday, July 5      
Driver's License Loudon East Tellico Pkwy., North of 411 Afternoon
Sobriety*** Knox State Route 131 @ Carpenter Rd. Night
Sobriety*** Knox Maynardville Rd. @ Fort Sumter Rd. Night
Sobriety Roane Hwy. 382 @ Church of Latter Day Saints Night
Sobriety*** Sevier US 411 State Route 139 Night
Sobriety Anderson State Route 61 @ Victory Baptist Church Night
Saturday, July 6      
Driver's License Morgan State Route 62 @ Pettit Lane Morning
Driver's License Campbell State Route 62 @ Capbell/Claiborne Co. Line Night
Sobriety Blount Old Knoxville Hwy. @ I-140 Ramp Night
Sobriety*** Sevier State Route 66 @ State Route 139 Douglas Dam Rd. Late Night


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