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Hamilton among 16 counties participating in "No Refusal" campaign

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The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security and the Tennessee Highway Patrol will be stepping up efforts to reduce drunk driving during the holiday.

The traffic safety campaign will include an aggressive "No Refusal" enforcement.

"No Refusal" permits law enforcement officials to seek search warrants for blood samples in cases involving suspected impaired drivers.

Two counties in each of the eight districts were chosen to participate in the campaign. Hamilton County will be among the counties participating in "No Refusal."

The campaign will begin 6 p.m. July 3 and continue through 11:59 p.m. July 7.

"We are proud to again partner with various local law enforcement officials, prosecutors and judges across the state in a "No Refusal" enforcement campaign during the Fourth of July holiday period. Drunk driving is a threat to public safety, and this specialized enforcement gives us another tool to combat impaired driving and reduce fatal crashes in Tennessee," Commissioner Bill Gibbons said.

Twenty-one people died in 17 crashes on Tennessee roadways during the 2012 Fourth of July holiday period. Ten were alcohol related.

"State Troopers will aggressively seek out impaired drivers to ensure the safety of every Tennessee citizen and traveler during this holiday period," THP Colonel Tracy Trott said.

In addition, as part of the THP's high visibility enforcement effort, personnel will conduct sobriety, driver's license and seat belt checkpoints, bar and tavern checks, and saturation patrols across the state.

According to AAA, more than 40 million travelers will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Independence Day holiday.

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