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May 2015 Archives

DUI checkpoints: they look good on the news

In Tennessee, drunk driving prevention is an important function of the state's law enforcement agencies. So important that some employees of the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) have alleged there is an unwritten requirement that troopers make a certain number of DUI arrests every year.

Memorial Day kicks off summer enforcement season

With the Memorial weekend close at hand, the state troopers from Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama announced their summer "Border to Border" campaign to encourage safe driving, and for those drivers who fail to meet that standard, they will be happy to provide a ticket.

Accuracy of Breathalyzers called into question

Law enforcement in most states, including Tennessee, rely on breath testing equipment to assist in determining whether a driver they have pulled over for a DUI. The machines appear to be the perfect device to quickly determine blood alcohol content (BAC) of a driver, providing scientific evidence to present in court and obtain a conviction.

Anyone can make a poor choice

Humans are fallible. We make mistakes. Sometimes, they are minor. We forget an anniversary or to stop at the grocery store on the way home to purchase an essential ingredient for dinner. Others are longer lasting and more problematic. Many criminal charges begin with a momentary bout of poor judgment.

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