Tn has adopted a strategy known as the No Refusal weekend. This is a coordinated effort by the Governor’s Highway safety office and local law enforcement. The stated objective of these weekends is to check and police sobriety on the highways and roads of Tennessee.
What does it mean?
- Road Blocks
- Sobriety Checkpoints
- Magistrates on hand to issue warrants
- More Officers
- Some Assistant DAs on hand
A magistrate is a court approved officer of the court who can sign warrants. You may be familiar with Tennessee’s implied consent law. This law states that all driver’s in Tennessee have impliedly consented to a blood draw if there is reasonable suspicion the driver is under the influence. Driver’s consent to this when they obtain a driver’s license. Most drivers never realize this is a law, much less that they agreed to it. A violation of the Tennessee Implied consent results in a loss of driving privileges for one year. Read more about Implied Consent here.
So what is the No Refusal?
The No Refusal comes with a magistrate nearby. If you refuse the test under Implied Consent, the officer is instructed by the law to obtain a search warrant. This practice can be difficult since magistrates are not always readily available. These weekends make the magistrates readily available. What it means is if you “refuse” they will simply get your blood via search warrant.
Therefore, if you refuse we still get your blood… hence No Refusal Weekend.
Be safe out there and always call a designated driver.
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