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10th Circuit upholds opening DUI prosecutions before tests ready

The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a Utah county's policy of initiating DUI prosecutions before the defendants' blood alcohol tests have returned from the lab. Although this decision doesn't directly affect Tennessee, our courts could easily rule the same way.

2 justices dissent on denial of review in DUI evidence case

A drunk driving case recently made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court. At issue was whether the defendant's right to confront witnesses was violated when a blood-alcohol test was presented as evidence without the testimony of the analyst who performed the test. The Supreme Court declined to hear the case, but a pair of justices from opposite ends of the political spectrum collaborated to dissent from that decision.

High-visibility DUI enforcement season about to begin

The holiday season, beginning at Thanksgiving and continuing until after the first of the year, is a dangerous time of year. It's party season, and that means more people will drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Therefore, it's also high-visibility enforcement season.

Avoiding a Thanksgiving DUI

Thanksgiving brings families together for celebrations that involve intense eating of food and drink. It is what makes the holiday so beloved for so many. As the holiday approaches, celebrants who are driving to a party should be cautious not to imbibe too much alcohol with their meals, as it can be dangerous for everyone on the road.

Utah's 0.05 blood alcohol standard could spread to other states

On Dec. 30, a new Utah law will go into effect, lowering the blood alcohol level for per se DUI from 0.08 percent to 0.05 percent. Utah will have the strictest blood alcohol level in the nation, although 0.05 is already the limit for ordinary drivers in most of Europe.

NTSB calls on NHTSA for standardized drugged driving tests

Federal data shows that, of those drivers fatally injured in 2006 traffic crashes who were tested for drugs, 30 percent tested positive. By 2016, that percentage had jumped to 46 percent. Moreover, random roadside testing performed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that 22 percent of drivers showed some evidence of drug use.

When a CDL driver is arrested for DUI in Tennessee

If you have a commercial driver's license, you should be aware of the special rules and penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Whether you hold a class A, B or C license, it was issued by the State in accordance with federal law and regulations. This is because the vehicles you are trained to operate are larger and more complex and can cause much more damage. Therefore, you are held to a higher standard in regard to DUI.

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