Numbers are in from first six No Refusal weekends

9:35 PM, Jan 10, 2013   |    comments
The law allows law enforcement to seek search warrants for a blood sample if a person arrested for driving under the influence refuses to consent to one
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We're getting a better idea of the impact from the No Refusal campaign designed to better crack down on drunk drivers.

In the past six months, state troopers held several No Refusal weekends. If a suspected drunk driver refused to turn over a blood sample, a judge would sign a search warrant requiring the suspects to give blood.

During the first No Refusal weekend in July, there were 48 arrests for drunk driving, and troopers ordered eight warrants.

During the most recent No Refusal period over New Year's, there were 96 DUI arrests, but just two search warrants were needed.

In all, there were more than 300 arrests over four weekends during the campaign, and officers called for warrants in 17 cases.

THP plans to continue the campaign in the future.

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