There has been a substantial increase in Tennessee DUI arrests this year. Despite more drunk driving arrests, however, there has been a rise in traffic fatalities in the state.
Increased DUI enforcement efforts in Tennessee took place over this past Labor Day weekend. The Governor's Highway Safety Office (GHSO) and the Tennessee Highway Patrol worked together to coordinate the campaign in conjunction with state and local law enforcement.
Police began implementing a new impaired driving law over the holiday weekend. If a person is arrested for driving under the influence, the "No Refusal" law now permits police to obtain a search warrant for a blood sample upon showing probable cause.
With summer just around the corner more motorcyclists will soon be hitting the road. May is designated as motorcycle awareness month, and the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) and Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security are encouraging drivers to be conscious of motorcycle riders on the road, and motorcycle riders to drive safely.