Police to Use "Refusal" Drunk Driving Blood Tests

Jul 3, 2012

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — More than 750,000 Tennesseans will be on the roadways over the holiday period, according to AAA estimates.

To help ease Fourth of July congestion, the Tennessee Department of Transportation will suspend all construction-related lane closures on interstates and state routes from noon today through 6 a.m. Friday.

Tennessee law enforcement is cracking down on drunken driving during this week with the state's first-ever "no refusal" campaign.

The "no refusal" measure passed the State legislature during the most recent session and was signed by the governor in May. It allows judges to compel blood tests from people arrested on drunken driving charges.

Falling gas prices will make holiday travel a little easier on the pocket book. According to Triple A’s Fuel Gauge Report, the average price today for a gallon of regular gasoline is $3.04 here in Middle Tennesse, the average price state-wide is an even $3, while the national average fuel price has fallen to $3.32 per gallon.