Tennessee Drunk Driving Accident

Can New Technology Reduce Tennessee Drunk Driving Accident Rates?

by Staff Blogger | 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.

Event Aims to Reduce Tennessee Drunk Driving Accidents on Super Bowl Sunday

by Staff Blogger | 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!

Tennessee Working Toward Zero Holiday Drunk Driving Fatalities

by Staff Blogger | December 17th, 2014

Drunk driving accident numbers tend to swell around holidays like Christmas and New Year’s Eve, and statistics from the National Safety Council show 42 percent of traffic fatalities around New Year’ Eve are caused by intoxicated motorists. Furthermore, 35 percent of deaths resulting from car accidents on Christmas are the result of drunk driving.

To help reduce Tennessee drunk driving accident totals, the month of December has been named as Drunk and Drugged Driving Awareness Month. As part of the campaign, law enforcement across Tennessee will be working to educate the public about the dangers of driving while intoxicated, as well as taking inebriated motorists off the road.

Reports from WGNS News Radio state that the Governor’s Highway Safety Office recently announced it’s partnership with local law enforcement offices in their goal to have zero fatalities due to traffic accidents in the last few weeks of this year. Officials urged citizens to celebrate responsibly by never getting behind the wheel of a vehicle after consuming anything that could impair your judgment. Instead, establish a designated driver or utilize a taxi to get home safely.

At Ponce Law, our team of Goodlettsville car accident attorneys has seen the devastating results that drinking and driving can have. That’s why we urge you to heed the advice being given by state officials not to drink and drive. Doing so will help to ensure you and your family have a safe and happy holiday!

The Free Ride You DO Want to Take From the Sheriff’s Department

by Staff Blogger | March 19th, 2014

March 19, 2014

St. Patrick’s Day is one of the deadliest times of year on Tennessee roads due to a large number of motorists who get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol. In fact, last year alone, a total of 13 motorists were killed in Tennessee Drunk Driving Accidents.

In an effort to help reduce that number this year, more than 300 volunteers gathered across the city of Nashville to offer free and safe rides home to those who have had too much to drink.

An article from Channel 5 News states that from 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. this past Monday night more than 300 rides were given from locations set up at second Avenue and Broadway, Demonbreun, Five Points in East Nashville, and Division Street. The no-questions-asked rides ensured more than 700 individuals were able to get home safely without drinking and driving.

These efforts were combined sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols across the city throughout the evening.

The Nashville Personal Injury Lawyers with Ponce Law recognize the dangers of drunk driving and applaud the efforts made by the volunteers and the Davidson County Sheriff’s Department to make sure those who were in town celebrating made it home to their loved ones!

Suspected Tennessee Drunk Driving Accident Leave Six Seriously Injured

by Staff Blogger | February 28th, 2014

February 28, 2014

Driving under the influence is a serious problem in Middle Tennessee. In fact, a recent Drunk Driving Accident in Smyrna last week was responsible for leaving six people seriously injured.

According to an article published by The Daily News Journal, the incident happened on Feb. 17, along the Old Nashville Highway. Reports indicate a 53-year-old Murfreesboro man was driving under the influence of alcohol in a Toyota Celica when he swerved to illegally pass a vehicle in front of him and struck a Chevy Trailblazer head-on.

The impact of the collision left six occupants of the SUV, who ranged in ages from 18 to 71, with numerous injuries that each required treatment at local hospitals. Trauma center officials later stated one of the most severely injured accident victims was being listed in stable condition.

The crash leaves many citizens wondering what they can do to help prevent drunken driving accidents. The Nashville Personal Injury Lawyers with Ponce Law explain that refraining from ever getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol will dramatically slash the chances of an accident. It is also important for motorists to remember to report suspected drunk drivers to the local authorities immediately. Supporting organizations that raise awareness of impaired driving, like Mothers Against Drunk Driving, is another great way to combat the problem.

Organizations Working to Prevent Drunk Driving Accidents on New Year’s Eve

by Staff Blogger | December 30th, 2013

December 30, 2013

Drunken driving is a major problem today along the highways running throughout the state of Tennessee. In fact, data indicates a total of 975 people have died this year alone as a result of Tennessee Drunk Driving Accidents. This number has prompted many citizens to become concerned for safety with the coming of New Year’s Eve.

An article published in the Cleveland Daily Banner stated the Tennessee Highway Patrol is working tirelessly to take drunk drivers off the road this holiday season with increased patrols throughout the state and “No Refusal” programs. The state’s “No Refusal” law, which went into effect in July 2012, allows troopers to obtain search warrants from judges for blood samples from drivers who are suspected of being intoxicated while behind the wheel. Saturation patrols will also be utilized to pinpoint and stop motorists who are suspected of driving drunk.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol says it is also working to raise awareness about the dangers of drunk driving by partnering with Mothers Against Drunk Driving in their campaign to wear red ribbons.

The Nashville Personal Injury Lawyers with Michael D. Ponce & Associates recognize the dangers drunken driving can pose and are hopeful the efforts being made throughout the state are successful in keeping motorists safe this holiday season!