Cars are becoming ever more adept at avoiding crashes. Some vehicles today have collision avoidance systems that will warn drivers when their vehicles stray from their lanes or when they approach too closely to another vehicle.
Big data is everywhere, it seems. From privacy concerns raised by the NSA's collection of phone information, to hackers stealing more than a billion passwords, the accumulation and processing of ever-greater amounts of data are shaping our world.
Chattanooga's neighbor to the north, the city of Knoxville was unhappy with its inclusion in the top ten listing of cities with DUIs and fatal accidents. The study, which was put together by the website Nerd Wallet, looked at DUI arrests, fatal car accidents and the cost of insurance after a DUI.
Drunk driving is dangerous. No one disputes that. That is why legislatures have imposed ever more severe penalties. Because, in addition to making laws, the legislature makes statements, often about behavior or conduct that society approves or disapproves. Society approves of home ownership, so mortgages receive an interest tax deduction and society disapproves of narcotics, so possession of heroin carries long prison terms.
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 most people, a DUI charge in Tennessee may be their first encounter with the criminal justice system. While the penalties for a DUI vary, depending on whether you have had any prior DUI convictions, even a first time offense can be very unpleasant.
If a driver swerves on a road, and forces another vehicle to make evasive maneuvers to avoid a car accident, is it logical to assume the driver was intoxicated and allow the police to stop that vehicle under the suspicion that he or she is a drunk driver? The U.S. Supreme Court answered yes in a case, where an anonymous tip phoned into 911 provided the highway patrol with the grounds to stop the vehicle.
Tennessee authorities and safety officials are celebrating. They report that the last few years have been safer on the roads than others in the state. Fewer people have died in traffic accidents altogether, and state officials plan to continue that trend in 2014.
Earlier this year, Vanderbilt University announced its hiring of a new assistant football coach. That new coaching position for Vavae Tata didn't last long. He has a DUI arrest to credit for at least the temporary loss of his coaching job.
In the past we have shared information about the legal hardships experienced by Todd Harrell, a band member of rock group 3 Doors Down. He has been arrested various times in his life, and a couple of those arrests have been within the last couple of years here in Tennessee.