Have you been arrested for and charged with a drunk driving offense in Tennessee? Or, do you know someone who is facing driving under the influence charges? Either way, one thing that can be helpful at a time like this is to know that you are far from the only person in this situation. In fact, statistics show that drunk driving arrests in the state have been on the increase in many counties over the course of a few years.
According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the number of DUI arrests in Hamilton County jumped from 36 in 2010 to 242 just five years later in 2014. Increases were seen every year in between, first to 55 in 2011, then to 62 in 2012 and to 186 in 2013 before reaching 242 in 2014. Neighboring Marion County also experienced increases in DUI arrests every year from 2010 to 2014 starting with 48 in 2010 and rising to 97, then 165, 208 and hitting 243 in 2014.
In Bradley County, 35 people were arrested for drunk driving in 2010. That number rose to 62 and then to 70 in 2011 and 2012, respectively. A drop to 59 arrests in 2013 was followed by a big jump to 110 in 2014. The remaining four counties that border Hamilton County also experienced more DUI arrests in 2014 than in 2010. No details are known about how many of the state's arrests resulted in actual convictions either for the original charges or amended charges.
This information is not intended to provide legal advice but is instead meant to give Tennessee residents who may have been arrested for driving under the influence an idea of how prevalent this type of action is in the state.