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How reliable are breathalyzers? Michigan state police take them offline

On Jan. 13, the Michigan state police announced that they would stop using all 203 breathalyzer machines they operate in stations around the state. The breath testing machines, Datamaster DMT evidential breath-alcohol testing machines, may have been improperly calibrated.

Do ignition interlock devices actually cause more accidents?

If you're convicted of drunk driving in Tennessee or 33 other states, you could be required to have an ignition interlock device installed on your car. This device is kind of like a breathalyzer. It is hard-wired into your car's engine -- at your expense -- and requires you to provide a clean breath sample before the engine will start.

Holiday DUI enforcement still going on through New Year's Day

If you've noticed an unusual number of DUI checkpoints lately, it's not your imagination. The rate of drunk driving tends to spike this time of year due to all the alcohol available at holiday festivities. Therefore, the Tennessee Highway Safety Office and law enforcement agencies across Tennessee are upping their game with an increased DUI enforcement period.

What to do if you're arrested for DUI after an accident

There's good news and bad news in Tennessee when it comes to drunk-driving crashes. According to the Tennessee Highway Safety office, there have been fewer such crashes this year (5,171) than this time last year (5,327). And, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, there have been fewer DUI arrests over the past few years, even with a growing population.

Holiday DUI enforcement season starts Dec 11

The Tennessee Highway Safety Office is partnering with the highway patrol and local police departments throughout the state for a campaign to reduce impaired driving over the holiday season. The agencies plan additional DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols during the entire holiday season.

Light drinkers beware: buzzed driving is drunk driving

When people think about drinking and driving, they often assume it mostly happens on special occasions like New Year's Eve. There's some truth to that, but it's important to recognize that the "high season" for drunk driving runs from Thanksgiving through New Year's Day.

From 'Blackout Wednesday" to 'Danksgiving': Be safe this holiday

Every year, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issue campaigns to fight holiday drunk driving. The DOT also releases funds to be used for extra law enforcement on holiday weekends, including Thanksgiving, when drunk driving is common. You should expect extra DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols this week.

Yes, you can get a DUI for drunken lawn mower driving

Recently, a Wisconsin man lost his appeal on a fourth-offense DUI in that state. The reason he had appealed was unusual: he had been operating a riding lawn mower when police pulled him over. He wasn't mowing his lawn when he was pulled over in 2017 -- he was using the lawn mower as transportation on city streets.

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