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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.

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.

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.

Reasonable suspicion and probable cause in DUI investigations

Have you ever wondered about when can police officers pull you over? The answer is decidedly not "whenever they want to." There is a legal rule for when an officer can stop a car: the officer must have reasonable suspicion that the motorist has committed a traffic offense or is involved in criminal activity.

Could using CBD get you arrested for DUI?

Last year, Congress legalized hemp at the federal level and, by extension, a product called CBD when it's derived from hemp. CBD is a compound found in cannabis -- both marijuana and hemp -- that many people believe has healthful and even medical properties. In Tennessee, medical CBD is only legal for those whose doctors have recommended it for a state-qualifying condition.

Arrested for DUI after smoking weed on 4/20?

"A driver's judgment and ability to react are both impaired when driving high, but many drivers don't realize that it's dangerous and illegal," said a spokesperson for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). "Driving either drunk or high is a DUI; impairment is impairment."

California, New York weigh lowering DUI standard to 0.05 percent

States around the nation are now considering lowering their per se DUI standards from 0.08percent blood alcohol content down to 0.05 percent. In 2013, the National Transportation Safety Board began recommending that all states adopt the lower standard, although so far, only Utah has done so.

Prescription for a DUI

Between the commercials, the doctor's instructions, and the label on the bottle, prescription drugs tend to come with a lot of warnings. Some of the side effects are rare, but others are almost a guarantee.

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