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Celebrity rapper accused of drunk driving

People in Tennessee may worry about running into a drunk driver when they get behind the wheel and take to the roads. The face of drunk driving can be prominent and unexpected; for example, the 26-year-old celebrity rapper Mac Miller was arrested in May on drunk driving charges. The performer was arrested for driving under the influence and hit and run after he allegedly ran his Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon into a utility pole in California's San Fernando Valley.

Talk show host to enter DUI diversion program

For fans of his show in Tennessee and across the United States, Steve Wilkos may be best known for his tough-guy approach to criminal justice issues and other conflicts facing his guests on the NBC television program that he hosts. However, Wilkos has opted for a diversionary program that could erase DUI charges from his record after successful completion of an alcohol education course.

Lawmakers mull changes to Tennessee implied consent law

A bill currently being considered by the Tennessee General Assembly would change the state's implied consent law in two significant ways. If House Bill 2450 is passed, drivers who refuse to submit to a breath or blood test would no longer face misdemeanor charges and police officers would be able to draw blood from drunk driving suspects without a warrant in certain situations.

Man charged with DUI after driving the wrong way

A 29-year-old Tennessee man was seen operating his vehicle slowly in the left lane on US Route 11E at about 2:10 a.m. on Feb. 24. Authorities say that the man's vehicle was driving in the left passing lane for about a mile before it crossed the white line. They say that the man then crossed into an oncoming traffic lane and stopped his vehicle.

Elements of felony drunk driving charges

As a general rule, a felony conviction for DUI carries longer jail terms and comes with other enhanced penalties. This is because Tennessee and most other states define a felony as a more serious offense. In New York, there are two levels of felony drunk driving. The type of felony a person receives depends on whether they have had past drunk driving convictions and when they occurred.

Fatal crashes increase on marijuana holiday

Tennessee drivers concerned about traffic safety and marijuana usage may have reason to worry. The American Medical Association's periodical JAMA Internal Medicine recently detailed an epidemiological study that shows a spike in traffic fatalities on April 20, the unofficial holiday upon which marijuana activists promote its usage.

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.

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