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(WMC-TV) - Not only is a teenage boy's life gone after an accident caused by a suspected drunk driver, but a second family member is fighting for life at The MED. Thirteen-year-old Hezekiah Keyon Moss'sMore >>
Not only is a teenage boy's life gone after an accident caused by a suspected drunk driver, but a second family member is fighting for life at The MED.More >>
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(WMC-TV) - Did you know if you refuse a breath test that you can now be forced to give blood? Mid-South cops are out and armed with a needle along with new rules to crack down on suspected drunk drivers.More >>
Did you know that if you refuse a breath test you can now be forced to give blood?
Mid-South cops are out and armed with a needle along with new rules to crack down on suspected drunk drivers.More >>
(WMC-TV) - Eight fatal crashes claimed the lives of nine people on Tennessee roadways during the 78-hour New Year's Eve holiday period last year.
The majority of those accidents involved alcohol. As these fatalities increased from the previous holiday season, Tennessee Highway Patrol stepped up enforcement this week by implementing their "No Refusal" campaign.
"No Refusal" legislation allows law enforcement officials to seek search warrants for blood samples in cases with suspected impaired drivers. In short: If a driver refuses a breath test, he or she can be forced to give blood.
"We have a facility at the precinct where we are able to strap them down," said Lt. Michael Javer, Memphis Police Department. "If they were trying to spit on us or something like that we might try and find a mask."
As some argue the law violates the fourth amendment, drivers agree to implied consent whenever they get behind the wheel in Tennessee. The consent allows for a breath or blood test.
Dell Russell believes the suspected drunk driver who killed her husband would have been brought to justice had the law been enforced in 1995. The driver who hit her husband refused a breath test, and prosecutors had no evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt he was drunk.
"I honestly thought that if you drank, and you drove a car, and you killed somebody ... That you would go to jail," said Russell. "Why do we have to give the drunk every privilege to be found not guilty?"
"All of a sudden lives were changed and taken because of a freak accident involving a drunk driver," said uncle and pastor Linwood Dillard. "Our family was tremendously devastated and our lives will never ever be the same again."
THP troopers arrested 6,180 individuals for impaired driving from the beginning of 2013 to mid-December. Special two-day enforcement for the holiday started 6 p.m. Monday; it will end at noon New Year's day. Law enforcement reminds drivers to celebrate responsibly all year round.
Listed below you can find some contact numbers for area taxis. If you don't have a designated driver this New Year's and need a ride, call a cab.
Arrow Transportation Corporation: 901-523-2002
Premier Transportation Services: 901-577-7700
Yellow Cab: 901-577-7777
Lazer Towing: 662-393-0262. They will tow your car anywhere in DeSoto County for $10.