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Crash alert: DUI checkpoint to be set up in Nashville on Labor Day

by Ponce Law | September 4th, 2020

NASHVILLE, TN – Police officers in Nashville will be on the lookout for impaired drivers on Labor Day.

Fox 17 reports a sobriety checkpoint will be set up on Bell Road in Hermitage. It will be staffed by the Metro Nashville Police DUI unit and other officers, starting in late afternoon and going through the early evening hours. A grant from the Tennessee Highway Safety Office is funding the additional police presence.

In 2019, Nashville police responded to over 800 crashes involving drivers impaired by alcohol, and the incidents resulted in over 500 injuries. 41% of the fatal crashes in Davidson County last year involved driver impairment.

People who drive under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or other drugs have reduced reaction times, impaired vision and judgment, and are more likely to cause serious accidents. At Ponce Law, we have no tolerance for drunk drivers because we’ve seen the pain that their irresponsible behaviors can cause. Our Nashville car accident attorneys will hold the drunk driver responsible for your injuries accountable, and help you get the money you deserve for your medical bills and vehicle repairs. If you or someone you love was injured by a drunk driver, call us at (844) 204-6765 or fill out a free initial consultation form, today.

Crash alert: Driver facing DUI charges after accident

by Ponce Law | July 29th, 2020

ROCKWOOD, TN – A man is under arrest and facing charges following a car crash in Cumberland County Monday night.

1057 News reported the incident happened on Westel Road, where officers attempted to catch 20-year-old Dylan Michael Pelfrey of Rockwood after observing him driving at a high rate of speed.

The pursuit was briefly suspended for safety reasons, until the same vehicle was reported to have been involved in a crash on another section of Westel Road. Authorities pulled over the vehicle and said they detected a strong odor of alcohol. Pelfrey was subsequently taken into custody. He was charged with DUI and evading arrest.

If you were hurt or if you lost a loved one in a collision in Nashville, contact Ponce Law right away for help. Our Nashville car accident lawyers have more than 25 years of experience helping people like you get the justice and fair compensation they deserve when someone else’s negligence causes them harm. Call us at (844) 204-6765 or reach out to us online. We’re available 24/7 to take your call.

Crash alert: Vehicle hits building at plaza in Crossville

by Ponce Law | July 7th, 2020

CROSSVILLE, TN – Police say a driver has been charged after crashing his vehicle into a building in Crossville, according to a report by 1057 News.

The accident occurred late Saturday night at a shopping plaza at the corner of West Avenue and Miller Bypass.  Police say 58-year-old Michael Allen Richards drove his Ford Explorer off Sparta Drive and ran into two businesses at the plaza.  Richards has been charged with DUI.

The incident caused about $20,000 in damage, police said.

If you were hurt or if you lost a loved one in a collision in Nashville, contact Ponce Law right away for help. Our Nashville car accident lawyers have more than 25 years of experience helping people like you get the justice and fair compensation they deserve when someone else’s negligence causes them harm. Call us at (844) 204-6765 or reach out to us online. We’re available 24/7 to take your call.

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.