Last week, our blog spent some time warning people to be extra vigilant about getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol during holiday gatherings as law enforcement officials will be out in far greater numbers looking to make DUI arrests in the coming weeks.
Now that the holiday season is in full swing, most people will find their to-do list rapidly growing by leaps and bounds, as there is shopping to do, decorating to finish, cards to mail and, of course, social engagements to attend.
Now that we are a little over a month into the start of the new school year and homecoming is right around the corner, it's perhaps a good time for parents to sit down and have a discussion with any teen drivers in their household about both the dangers and consequences of impaired driving.
While news reports often make it seem like every driver on the road is dangerous, the reality is that good drivers outnumber bad drivers by a considerable margin. Yet, no matter how conscientious most drivers may be, there is virtually no chance that they've ever not crossed a road line.
Many people who are convicted of a DUI may think that the charge will be a figurative scar on their record, forever following them wherever they go. Trying to get a new job? Sorry, you have to check that little box. Trying to find a new place to live? Well, your criminal past will show up when the landlord runs a background check on you. Want to vote in an upcoming election? Too bad, you're probably barred from registering.
While we tend to think of DUI prevention and enforcement as being the sole responsibility of local and state law enforcement agencies like the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, the Chattanooga Police Department and the Tennessee Highway Patrol, this is far from the case.
It's no secret that law enforcement officials and lawmakers across the nation have become increasingly hard-line when it comes to driving under the influence, making more arrests and increasing both the criminal and administrative penalties for those convicted of DUI charges.
Most people have a basic understanding of their rights and the procedures that must be followed in the event they find themselves under arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence.
Right now, many people are busy finalizing their travel arrangements for the upcoming Memorial Day holiday, setting up rides to the airport, buying last-minute bus tickets or filling up their tanks in preparation for a long road trip.