Men and women respond differently to alcohol. This isn't only a cultural difference; it is a subject for scientific research.
Having a driver's license in your pocket means you are free to drive anywhere in the United States. But the state asserts the right to suspend your license if you refuse to take a breath or blood test for suspected chemical impairment.
If you were having a drink at a restaurant or bar, would you know how many you can have before you would exceed the legal limit in Tennessee of 0.08 Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC)? If you exceed this limit, you are in danger of being arrested and convicted for a DUI, which can have long term consequences, be very expensive, and potentially life threatening.
For decades, critics of drunk driving laws have challenged the reliability of set BAC levels. The legal BAC limit in Tennessee is 0.08. That goes for any suspect, whether male or female, young or old.
Whether a person gets arrested and charged with drunk driving often depends on a particular test. Sure, Tennessee authorities will ask a driver questions and perhaps have him or her perform some field sobriety tests. But there is one test that tends to secure a DUI charge, and that is the blood alcohol or a breath test.
In March a car accident occurred in Tennessee. A person died in that accident. There is a difference, however, between a fatal accident and a fatal drunk driving accident. That difference significantly impacts a man's life, reputation, future and freedom.
A couple of weeks ago, the mother of now infamous celebrity Lindsay Lohan got her share of some of the limelight that her daughter usually feels. Dina Lohan was arrested for suspicion of DWI on Sep. 12 after an out-of-state incident. Police stopped her for allegedly speeding, and the traffic stop ultimately led to a drunk driving arrest.
"Assign a designated driver." That is how many drinkers would answer the question about how they go out and party but still get safely home. A recent study suggests, however, that the safety of a designated driver might be a myth to some extent.
When someone is charged with drunk driving, it can feel like it's inevitable that he will be convicted of the offense. But that isn't necessarily so in many DUI cases in Tennessee. Titans player Brandon Barden's case proves that there is hope after a drunk driving arrest in Tennessee, and sometimes that hope is satisfied when the prosecution drops the ball.