LOCAL 8 WEATHER ALERT: Patches of black ice are possible, even on roads that have been cleared, because of refreezing. We have at least several inches of snow on the ground across East Tennessee. Some roads may be unplowed or untreated, make driving difficult with packed snow and ice.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee law enforcement will be using the new "no refusal" law over the weekend before New Year's Eve that allows police to get blood samples of suspected drunken drivers.
Previously drivers in Tennessee could refuse a blood alcohol content test but faced losing their licenses for violating what's known as the "implied consent" law. The law passed this year allows police to seek search warrants for blood samples. Police have held "no refusal" enforcement periods during several holidays this year.
Sixteen counties across the state will participate in the enforcement period that begins at 6 p.m. Friday and ends at midnight Tuesday.
Five people died in vehicle-related accidents last year during the New Year's Eve holiday in Tennesse
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