The odds of being arrested for drunk driving in our state have dramatically improved over the past decade, a new report indicates. Back in 2009, there were 494 Tennessee DUI arrests per 100,000 residents. By 2018, the figure had dropped to 300 arrests per 100,000 – a decrease of 39.2 percent.
It is a part of life for some Tennessee drivers: before they can start their vehicles, they must blow into a mandated ignition interlock device. If the device doesn’t detect a prohibited level of alcohol, they can start their cars and drive. But to keep driving, they have to keep providing breath samples to the interlock device in what are known as “rolling retests.”
According to audio from a 911 call, country star Sam Hunt lived up to the title of his song “Make You Miss Me” when he recently drove his black SUV the wrong way down a Tennessee street around 4 a.m. The singer was soon pulled over by police and then arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.
Regular readers of our Chattanooga criminal law blog know that Tennessee can impose harsh sentences on those who are arrested and convicted of drunk driving. A new proposal in Congress could be the first step in eventually eliminating DUI arrests not only here, but across the nation.
Anyone who has been arrested in Tennessee for driving under the influence might feel a twinge of schadenfreude when they read of the recent DUI arrest of a Chattanooga police lieutenant, but it’s important to remember that everyone has the same presumption of innocence and right to defend themselves.
It isn’t often that any of us gets to make national news, but that’s exactly what a Chattanooga man did a couple of days ago. Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested the man on Dallas Hollow Road after he allegedly rode a horse while drunk.
He was smiling at the time the Tennessee Highway Patrol took his mugshot, but it seems likely that the police officer who lives about three hours northeast of Chattanooga was less amused after he thought about the legal problems he faces after his arrest.
Physics is not in favor of a person in a passenger vehicle that crashes with an 18-wheeler. So when a Tennessee woman recently walked away from a wrong-way collision with a tractor-trailer on an interstate highway, she undoubtedly defied physics and all odds.
It is the holiday on which America celebrates its birthday. Across Chattanooga, July 4th is filled every year with fireworks, family, friends, picnics and patriotic symbols. Unfortunately, it is also a holiday filled with drunk driving arrests across Tennessee.
According to a recent poll by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the vast majority of Americans think it is unlikely that drivers will get caught driving while high on weed. Nearly 70 percent of respondents said they think it’s unlikely that drivers will get busted for drugged driving.