December 16th, 2015|
Tennessee has been working to reduce drunk driving accidents for years by utilizing educational campaigns. After the last program came under heavy public scrutiny, state officials have announced funding has been secured to launch a new anti-DUI initiative.
An article from The Tennessean explains the state awarded an $11.5 million contract to an Austin-based marketing firm to create the new campaign. Documents show plans to not only focus on preventing drunk driving, but also other hazards of the road, such as motorcycle safety and seatbelt usage.
Work on the new project has already begun, with the fresh contract launching on Dec. 9. The campaign will end in Dec. 2020.
The new campaign comes on the heels of heavy backlash aimed at the state’s previous anti-DUI campaign after many of the program’s messages were deemed sexist and inappropriate. Officials stated the campaign was to be aimed at a young, male demographic, but also cited poor oversight as the reason the messages were released.
At Ponce Law, we understand the important role education plays in preventing drunk driving. That’s why our Nashville car accident lawyers are hopeful the new campaign will be successful in getting motorists to think twice before getting behind the wheel after drinking.
February 6th, 2015|
Despite best efforts, drunk driving continues to be a problem on Tennessee’s roadways. The newest data from the Tennessee Highway Patrol shows more motorists were arrested for driving under the influence last year than in 2013. That same year, drunk driving fatalities represented almost 30 percent of all highway deaths.
So what can we do to reduce Tennessee drunk driving accidents? What if law enforcement could predict where drunk drivers will be? This may seem like wishful thinking, but new technology may make this a reality sooner than later.
According to an article from My FOX Memphis, the Tennessee Highway Patrol plans to use software that can predict where accidents will occur to guess which roads, highways, and intersections are most likely to be traveled by drunk drivers.
The technology currently uses time, date, weather conditions, and traffic patterns to determine where collisions are most likely. A new version of the software will use similar variables to hypothesize about the locations of drunk drivers.
Officials say the information obtained from the software can be used to determine where saturation patrols and checkpoints should stationed.
At Ponce Law, we’ve seen the impact that Tennessee drunk driving accidents can have on victims and their families, and our Nashville car accident attorneys are hopeful this new technology can be used to better protect our state’s motorists from drunk drivers.
January 30th, 2015|
The Super Bowl kicks off this Sunday. And while the event can be a great time to come together and celebrate with friends, it can also lead to drunk driving. Officials from the state’s Department of Transportation (TNDOT) point out the chances of being involved in a Tennessee drunk driving accident increase tremendously on Super Bowl Sunday.
To help combat this problem, the Tennessee Titans are partnering with TNDOT, the Franklin Police Department, the Governor’s Highway Safety Office, and the Tennessee Highway Patrol to raise public awareness about the dangers of drunk driving. Reports from The Leaf-Chronicle explain the campaign will kick off today at the Franklin Police Department headquarters.
During the event, a family who lost a loved one to a drunk driver on Super Bowl Sunday will discuss how the event affected them. The motorcycle their loved one was riding at the time of the accident will also be on public display during the event as a reminder of how a life can change in a split second as the result of drunk driving.
The Nashville personal injury attorneys with Ponce Law understand the risks drunk driving can pose. That’s why we ask that you choose not to drink and drive this weekend. Instead, choose a designated driver or plan a safe ride home. We hope these tips help you to have a safe and sober Super Bowl!
December 31st, 2014|
New Year’s Eve is tonight, and there are numerous festivities taking place throughout Middle Tennessee. It’s important to remember that the number of drunk driving accidents spikes during this holiday. In fact, there were 16 fatal accidents last year on New Year’s Eve in Middle Tennessee. Of those crashes, almost 40 percent involved alcohol.
To help deter Tennessee drunk driving accidents this year, law enforcement will be ramping up efforts to support highway safety. Reports indicate motorists can expect to see officers and troopers not only stopping drivers to check that seat belts are being used, but conducting saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints as well.
Clarksville Online states that law enforcement will be conducting a “No Refusal” operation during the holiday as well. This means judges will be on hand at all hours to issue warrants to obtain breath and blood samples from suspected drunk drivers, allowing law enforcement to collect the evidence necessary to obtain Driving Under the Influence (DUI) convictions.
The Nashville personal injury lawyers urge motorists to take caution when traveling this evening by pledging not to get behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking. There are plenty of options to get you home safely. The Davidson County Sheriff’s Department will be offering free rides home from several popular locations around town if you find yourself out and without a ride. Ride sharing companies in Nashville have also offered discounts and deals for partygoers tonight. You can also utilize designated drivers and programs that offer sober individuals to get you and your car home safely.
We hope you have a fun, safe, and sober New Year’s Eve!
August 15th, 2014|
Labor Day weekend is fast approaching and for many, that means a long weekend filled with family, friends, food, and festivities. Unfortunately, the holiday also is one of the deadliest to be on the road due to drunk drivers. Statistics show 147 drunken driving fatalities on Labor Day in 2012. In Tennessee, there were6,500 drunk driving accidents in 2013.
To help reduce the number of Tennessee drunk driving accidents around Labor Day, the state has kicked off an enforcement campaign that is targeting intoxicated motorists.
According to an article from News Channel 5, the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign kicked off today, August 15, and will continue through Labor Day. Law enforcement from around the state will partner to conduct sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols to monitor for impaired drivers.
Officials state the hope of the program is to deter drunk drivers from attempting to get behind the wheel.
At Ponce Law, our Nashville personal injury attorneys have seen the devastating results drunk driving accidents can have on victims and their families. That’s why we ask that you do your part to keep our state’s roadways safe by using a designated driver, cab, or ride sharing service to get home safely if you’ve had too much to drink.
March 14th, 2014|
March 14, 2014
It’s the time of year when we get the green out again! St. Patrick’s Day is fast approaching here in Middle Tennessee and the Nashville Personal Injury Lawyers with Ponce Law would like to tell you about some of the upcoming events we are most looking forward to.
- The Lucky Stache Bash II– The event will be taking place all weekend long at The Greenhouse on the west side of town. Each day will host an original lineup of music and entertainment, as well as dozens of drink specials. Uber will supply free rides home for patrons.
- St. Patrick’s Day Festival In East Park– From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. this Saturday, citizens can head over to the fields off of Woodland Avenue in East Nashville for a mixture of Irish food, drink, and music.
- Kegs and Eggs 5K/10K– This will be the third running of the event that will include a run, t-shirt, free beer, and an after party that will be held at Bar Louie. Registration is $30, so act fast!
- East Nashville St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl- From 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. this Monday, bars and restaurants in the Five Points area will be hosting patrons with a number of food and drink specials.
The attorneys with Michael D. Ponce & Associates recognize that alcohol will be served at these events and would like to remind citizens that consuming alcohol can significantly increase the chances of a Drunk Driving Accident. That’s why the firm asks everyone to stay safe by designating a driver before going out or by calling a cab or loved one to get you home.