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SCMPD conducting no refusal DUI checks

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The Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police and visiting law enforcement are enforcing no refusal DUI testing starting Friday night.

The SCMPD, Chatham County District Attorney's Office and Chatham County Recorder's Court Judge Claire Williams will be working with officers from across the state for Operation Thunder.

The Governor's Office of Highway Safety is also helping the SCMPD in coordingating the event and providing additional support.

Officers will have the support of the DA's office and recorder's court to secure warrants to draw blood from drivers who refuse state administered testing to confirm blood alcohol levels.

Drivers can refuse initial testing, usually a breathalyzer test, but warrants can be secured quickly to obtain blood tests when the initial tests are refused.

Drivers with a blood alcohol content of .08 and higher will be charged with driving under the influence.  

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