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Drunk Driving Archives

Study: Drunk driving threshold should be lowered further

Tennessee motorists already face steep penalties for DUI charges. Being at or over the legal limit of .08 percent can lead to mandatory jail time as well as costly fines and the suspension of a driver's license. A new federally funded study is arguing for a lowered drunk driving threshold in order to improve roadway safety and cut down on fatal crashes.

Representative proposes mark on license after DUI conviction

Tennessee drivers that are convicted even of misdemeanor drunk driving charges may find it impossible to buy alcohol for several years afterward if a bill proposed by one state representative is successful. State Representative Bud Hulsey wants the licenses of people convicted of drunk driving to have a red strip put across them.

Tennessee launches holiday period impaired driving campaign

Drivers in Tennessee can expect to see more police vehicles on the streets during the holiday season as local and state law enforcement agencies take part in a statewide effort to curb drunk driving. The Booze It and Lose It campaign is being organized by the Tennessee Highway Safety Office and is a part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's countrywide Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over effort.

Country star traffic stop footage may be released

Tennessee residents may be familiar with country music artist Randy Travis. In 2012, he was stopped for DUI, and during the traffic stop, footage was taken of him naked and speaking incoherently. Travis had attempted to block Texas authorities from releasing the footage, but a federal judge denied that request. Travis's lawyer claimed that the footage should be kept private under rules related to health records.

Christopher McDonald charged with second DUI offense

Tennesseans who know actor Christopher McDonald of "Happy Gilmore" fame might be interested to hear that the actor was recently charged with driving under the influence of alcohol for the second time. According to law enforcement officials with the San Bernadino County Sheriff's Office, the incident happened in California on Oct. 28.

How many people are arrested for DUI in Tennessee?

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.

Use of police body cameras in Tennessee

People who have had interactions with law enforcement officers in Tennessee may have noticed that the officers were wearing and using body cameras to capture video of their interactions and associated events. Anyone who has been charged with a crime should be aware of the state's laws surrounding these cameras and the footage captured by them.

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