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Posts tagged "field sobriety test"

Slow driving can alert police to a potential DUI

When police are looking for drunk drivers, they look for motorists who drive abnormally. Exactly what might constitute "abnormal" can vary greatly from situation to situation. Because alcohol reduces the ability to control motor responses and affects the ability to perceive that reduction, drivers may exhibit a great variation.

Former UT quarterback's DUI charges dropped

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.

Study suggests there's more to unsafe driving than BAC level

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.

Supreme Court to decide power of anonymous tips in traffic stops

Drivers have various rights to help protect them from wrongful arrests and charges like drunk driving. For example, Tennessee law says that a driver doesn't have to consent to field sobriety tests. That is an important right that many drivers are wise to exercise.

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