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Playgrounds with crumb rubber from recycled tires may be toxic

It seemed like such a good idea. Old tires could be recycled into crumb rubber and used in playgrounds and on sports fields, replacing grass, sand or gravel. It would require much less maintenance and could keep tires out of landfills. The rubber would also be softer than sand or gravel, reducing the chance of injuries.

Are seatbelts failing Tennessee's most vulnerable passengers?

Tennessee law says that your kids need to sit in your vehicle's rear seat until they're at least nine years old. This is because the rear seat has long been the safest place during crashes. But it's possible that the rear seat may no longer be the safest place for all passengers.

Starting July 1, Tennessee's DUI laws apply to e-scooters

Now that e-scooters have come to Tennessee, the state has taken notice and updated our laws. As of July 1, e-scooters will be considered motor-driven vehicles. That means that you can be arrested for DUI if you ride an e-scooter while impaired by alcohol or drugs.

Prescriptions, even over-the-counter drugs could impair driving

In Tennessee, if your driving is impaired by alcohol, illicit drugs or any substance, you could be charged with DUI. That includes prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs and even herbal or dietary supplements. The fact that they're legal won't prevent you from a DUI charge or even a conviction. Therefore, it's crucial to know what drugs could impair you and avoid driving when you could be impaired.

New York jury orders J&J to pay $300 million in punitive damages

In the latest news on the tainted talc cases against Johnson & Johnson, a Manhattan jury has awarded a couple $25 million in compensatory damages and another $300 million in punitive damages. Punitive damages are meant to punish wrongdoers. The jury agreed that asbestos in J&J's talc-based products caused the wife's mesothelioma.

Recognizing mesothelioma symptoms is difficult but vitally important

What would you think of a cough that doesn't get better? Or an increasing shortness of breath? Or fatigue? There are all kinds of illnesses and diseases that can cause these symptoms, many of which are often harmless. However, they can also be signs of a deadly cancer called mesothelioma.

In Tennessee, DUI is more serious with a child in the car

Did you know that driving drunk with a child passenger may get you significantly increased penalties in the state of Tennessee? It can, and getting arrested for DUI with a passenger under 18 could get you charged with a Class D felony, if the child suffers a serious injury. If the child dies, you could be charged with a Class B felony, for vehicular homicide by intoxication.

Study: 1 in 6 Uber and Lyft cars may be subject to recalls

Ride-hailing apps like Uber and Lyft have become a popular alternative to taxis and public transportation. One reason these services are so inexpensive, however, may be a lack of regulation over the drivers and the cars they drive. Unfortunately, the companies themselves are failing to ensure that every ride will be in a car that is free from safety recalls.

Reminder: Boating under the influence is illegal in Tennessee

For a lot of people, drinking and being on the water seem to go together. Unfortunately, that sometimes includes drinking by boat captains and pilots. If you're in charge of driving a boat, you should be aware that it is illegal to operate a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs in Tennessee, including on federal waters. A boating under the influence (BUI) charge is much like a DUI.

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