Tennessee Drunk Driving Accidents

New Laws Aim to Reduce Fatal Tennessee Car Accident Numbers

by Staff Blogger | August 3rd, 2015

The Dangers of Drunk Driving and Not Buckling Up

Two of the leading causes of Tennessee car accidents are drunk driving and a lack of seatbelt use. Data from the Insurance Institute of Highway safety shows drunk driving accidents account for roughly one-third of all fatal collisions in our state, while almost half of those who die on Tennessee highways are not wearing their seatbelts.

State legislators are hoping to address these issues with several new laws.

DUI Monitoring

This recently passed bill will require anyone charged with vehicular homicide or vehicular assault resulting from driving while intoxicated to wear a transdermal alcohol-monitoring bracelet as a condition of his or her release from custody. The unit is capable of detecting alcohol in a person’s system by monitoring moisture released through the skin. Officials say the law aims to keep repeat driving under the influence offenders off the road.

Seat Belt Laws

New regulations have also increased the penalties for not wearing a seatbelt in Tennessee. An article from The Daily Herald says fines for failing to buckle up have increased from $10 to $25 for a first offense and from $20 to $50 for secondary and subsequent infractions. The fine for any driver between ages 16-17 who is not properly restrained was also increased from $20 to $25.

Protect Yourself

The legal staff at Ponce Law believes in the importance of highway safety and is encouraged by recent legislation, but we know the key to preventing accidents starts with drivers. Our Nashville car accident lawyers ask you to always buckle up and to avoid driving after drinking alcohol.

Judges Call for Stricter Drunk Driving Regulations in Sullivan County

by Staff Blogger | June 22nd, 2015

Tennessee is known for having some of the most stringent drunk driving laws in the United States today. Legislators passed a law in 2013 that requires all DUI offenders to have ignition interlock systems installed on their vehicles. Furthermore, the Tennessee Highway Patrol and local law enforcement agencies routinely conduct no refusal campaigns. This is when a judge or magistrate is on hand 24 hours a day to sign warrants for blood and breath samples from suspected DUI offenders.

Despite these laws, Tennessee drunk driving accidents continue to happen. Last year alone, drunk driving fatalities accounted for almost 30 percent of all traffic-related deaths. This is why some state lawmakers are looking to make drunk driving regulations even tougher.

For the last 20 years, officers, troopers, and deputies have signed a sworn affidavit stating the reason for any arrest. Now though, judges say this process doesn’t adhere to the law and could result in a failed conviction of a DUI offender. According to an article from the Insurance Journal, judges in Sullivan County are calling for magistrates to be on call at all hours of the day or night to give approval for late-night DUI arrests.

Our Nashville car accident lawyers at Ponce Law recognize the importance of holding drunk drivers accountable for their actions. That’s why we are hopeful the changes that have been requested by the judges are adopted sooner, rather than later.

Help Prevent Tennessee Drunk Driving Accidents This New Year’s Eve

by Staff Blogger | 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!

 

Campaign to Prevent Tennessee Drunk Driving Accidents Kicks Off Today

by Staff Blogger | 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.