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.
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.
Last week, former University of Tennessee quarterback and radio host Erik Ainge was dismissed. Ainge had been charged with a DUI, "violating the implied consent law and a roadway lane violation," in July of 2013 by the Knoxville police. At the time of the arrest, a Knoxville police officer had noticed the pickup Ainge had been driving was swerving in traffic on I-40 early on a Sunday morning.
When a Tennessee state police trooper or a local police or sheriff's deputy pulls you over on suspicion of driving under the influence, you don't expect special treatment. You hope the law enforcement officer treats you fairly, and that you aren't singled-out for something more unpleasant, such as abuse or manipulation by the officer.
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.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) and the Governor’s Highway Safety Office have announced their "Drive to Zero" campaign, which is designed to reduce highway traffic fatalities to zero.
There was a time when having a few drinks before getting in a vehicle was not seen as alarming behavior. There was even a saying, used as people would leave a bar or party, that they would have "One for the road."
Drunk driving is dangerous, both to the driver and to other motorist in the vicinity. And we all know how campaigns against drunk driving have worked to steadily increase the severity of the punishment for drivers who have been arrested and convicted of a DUI. A recent arrest of a man in Rutherford County, Tennessee highlights the penalties that drivers who are convicted of a DUI charges may face.
When the police stop you for a traffic violation, that stop opens a door on your life. They run your license plate, looking for any other traffic or other violations, arrest warrants or other criminal charges. If they suspect that you are intoxicated, they can charge you with a DUI, arrest you, take you into custody and impound your vehicle.
This week the Chattanooga Police Department has announced that it will be increasing traffic enforcement for the rest of this year and into 2015. The department has received a grant from Governor's Highway Safety Office with a goal of improving traffic safety by reducing the number of serious crashes, traffic deaths and DUI offenders.