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Tennessee officials plan DUI crackdown for holiday weekend

Tomorrow is Independence Day, which for many people is a reason to go out and party. For some, Wednesday night will even be the official kickoff to a four day weekend.

Considering the fact that the Fourth of July is typically a big drinking holiday, police in Tennessee are planning on being out in full force to try and get drunk drivers off of the roadways before they hurt themselves or someone else.

According to the Department of Safety and Homeland Security, last year there were 21 people killed in motor vehicle accidents over the Fourth of July weekend. Last year, Independence Day fell on a Wednesday, which again, meant a long weekend for some.

The 21 fatalities from last year stemmed from 17 motor vehicle accidents. Roughly half of those accidents involved alcohol.

To try and deter drunk drivers and prevent these types of accidents -- which are 100 percent preventable -- members of the Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting "no refusal" driving under the influence enforcement in 16 counties through the state.

This "no refusal" law allows police to force a driver to submit to chemical testing if it is believed the driver is under the influence. The idea behind this is it stops a drunk driver from concealing evidence by simply refusing a test.

However, even though there is going to be extra enforcement out -- and most drivers know about the "no refusal" law in Tennessee -- there are still going to be drivers who put others at risk by driving drunk. In those cases, these drunk drivers should be held responsible for the injuries and damages caused to others, for if they had just decided to call a sober ride, the accident could have been avoided.

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