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Drunk Driving Archives

Study shows mandatory ignition interlock laws save lives

State laws that require all drivers convicted of DUI to have ignition interlock devices in their vehicles are linked to a decrease in fatal drunk driving accidents, according to a study published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine. Over half of U.S. states, including Tennessee, have mandatory ignition interlock laws.

Woman charged in connection with drunk driving crashes

A 32-year-old Tennessee woman is facing a raft of criminal charges including multiple counts of aggravated assault and reckless endangerment after she was allegedly involved in two impaired driving accidents in Kingsport on the evening of April 14. Police reports indicate that the woman was placed in custody after being taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital.

Tennessee begins campaign to reduce drugged-driving cases

Tennessee motorists may be interested to learn that on March 22, the Tennessee Highway Safety Office and other agencies launched the "Stop Drugged Driving" campaign. This campaign is a response to a sharp increase in car accidents and fatalities that were caused by drivers who were operating their vehicles while impaired by drugs.

Colts defensive lineman facing DUI charge

Tennessee pro football fans may have heard that, on Feb. 25, Indianapolis Colts defensive lineman David Parry was taken into police custody in Arizona after he was accused of stealing a golf cart and driving under the influence. Shortly after taking the golf cart, he was accused of being involved in a hit-and-run after the cart collided with a gate.

Rare syndrome makes people drunk without drinking alcohol

Although auto-brewery syndrome is a rare condition, a few people in Tennessee might suffer from it. It is also known as gut fermentation syndrome and is more common in Japan than in the United States. When people with this syndrome ingest carbohydrates, excess yeast in the body transforms those carbohydrates into ethanol and can make a person behave as though they have been drinking alcohol. In New York, a woman's DUI charges were dropped when it was discovered she had the syndrome. Her blood alcohol level had been .40, and she was described as glassy-eyed and slurring her speech.

DUI arrests increase by 41.1 percent in La Vergne

Tennessee residents may be interested to learn that the number of DUI arrests in La Vergne has increased by 41.1 percent in 2016. In November alone, La Vergne police officers reportedly took in 244 people who were accused of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. As a result of the police department's hard work, they were presented with the 2016 DUI Enforcement Award by the Tennessee Highway Safety Office.

Reasonable suspicion for DUI stops

Other than at DUI checkpoints, police officers in Tennessee and around the country need to have reasonable suspicion that the people they stop for DUI investigations are engaged in some form of prohibited activity. Officers may also develop reasonable suspicion after they have pulled over people for other traffic offenses, such as expired tags. Officers are not allowed to stop motorists without having reasonable suspicion, however.