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June 2018 Archives

Automated driving technology's next target: motorcycles

Everyone has heard the news regarding the automation of passenger vehicles, delivery vehicles and even large trucks to make them less prone to driver error. These so-called "driverless" vehicles (somewhat of a misnomer, since a driver can still operate the vehicle when it isn't in automated mode) are being piloted in cities across the country by such big names as Uber, Tesla and Google/Alphabet.

Fourth of July sobriety checkpoints planned for Chattanooga

The Tennessee Highway Patrol's list has planned several checkpoints in Chattanooga in the days leading up to (and including) Independence Day. With July 4th being a notorious party holiday - and one of the busiest days of the year for DUI arrests - police will obviously be on the lookout for drunk drivers.

Could blood tests replace CT scans for meso monitoring?

A recent British study shows promising results for those suffering from the long-term effects of mesothelioma. While the study doesn't provide a cure for the disease, it could make tracking the progress of malignant epithelial and sarcomatoid mesotheliomas both less invasive and less expensive.

Marijuana, other drugs often found in traffic fatalities

A new report, Drug-Impaired Driving: Marijuana and Opioids Raise Critical Issues for States, released by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) shows that nearly half - 44 percent - of fatally injured, drug-tested drivers had marijuana, opioids or other substances in their system at the time of death. This rate represents a 16 percent rise from just a decade ago. At that time, 28 percent of deceased drivers tested positive for drugs.

Technology may be key to ending the distracted driving epidemic

Some experts think that new technologies that temporarily disable certain smartphone features while a vehicle is running may be key to stemming the tide of the distracted driving epidemic across America. Initially, distracted driving was limited to phone calls and texting. Now, however, drivers are inundated with temptations in the form of social media, sharing "selfies," navigation, music streaming, chats, email and more.

The importance of probable cause for a search

A recent Tennessee case proves that police must have demonstrable probable cause to conduct a search when drug-related activity is suspected. In that case, the defendant, Terry Lamont Bowden, was pulled over in Franklin, Tennessee, for a window tint violation. The officer on the scene decided, after pulling him over, to bring in drug-sniffing dogs to determine if drugs were present in the vehicle.

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