“No Refusal” will be in effect this upcoming New Year’s Eve and heavier Tennessee Highway Patrol enforcement has been announced.
Recently, THP partnered with Mothers Against Drunk Driving “to help raise awareness about the importance of designating a non-drinking driver during holiday celebrations.”
“Tie one on for Safety” red ribbon campaign is in full swing and is a nationwide awareness program. Red ribbons have been placed on THP cruisers.
In Bradley County, heavier traffic enforcement will be noticed as well.
Plans are being made to increase patrols throughout the county this week to deter serious injuries and fatal crashes during the New Year’s holiday period which begins New Year’s Eve at 6 p.m.
THP has planned DUI checkpoints in Bradley County during the period.
The “No Refusal” law came into affect in July 2012.
Bradley County was included in the Chattanooga District 2 enforcement campaign, which allows suspected DUI offenders no recourse in refusing blood-alcohol draws.
To date, 975 people have died on Tennessee’s roadways in 2013.
Seven have died in Bradley County and the trend has switched from rural deaths being reported, to fatal crashes occurring more prominently inside city limits.
The trend data also indicated more drivers and passengers are buckling up.
Tennessee’s 2012 data showed that 1,008 people died due to traffic-related crashes, down 33 year-to-date.
According to the Tennessee Department of Safety, 28 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes in Tennessee during the holiday periods of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s in 2012.
“Bradley County has the opportunity to end the year with the fewest number of traffic fatalities in more than 20 years, if we can get everyone to be careful and obey traffic laws,” Capt. W.G. Campbell said recently. “Last year we lost 24 people in traffic crashes. As we head into the last week of the year, the fatality count for this year stands at seven.”
“Our goal is to have everyone arrive at their destinations safely. Prepare ahead of time and designate a driver or make other plans, but don’t drink and drive,” he added.
Campbell is over Patrol Division and other programs at the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office.
Officials will also be using the Special Operations team, Traffic Units for traffic enforcement as well as residential saturation, Criminal Investigations Division detectives and administrative staff. Officials have also enhanced Patrol Division operations during the holiday in an effort to keep criminal activity down.