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Drunk Driving Archives

Impaired driving report sparks MADD criticism

Last week we featured a blog entry seeking to answer the question, can you be tested for marijuana during a DUI stop? The quick answer to the question is that there's not enough data to provide a solid answer. Every state, including Tennessee, has blood alcohol content limits beyond which impairment is legally presumed. The same can't be said, however, for marijuana. The science isn't well established.

How can I restore my right to drive after a DUI in Tennessee?

An arrest for drunk driving can bring serious penalties for a Tennessee driver, particularly if he or she is currently facing the loss of driving privileges. It is terribly inconvenient to lose the ability to drive yourself to work, school or transport your children, and you need your license back as soon as possible.

Be careful driving in Tennessee during your spring break

For those who plan to get behind the wheel during spring break in Tennessee, it's typically a good idea to first become acquainted with state traffic laws, especially those pertaining to DUI. This doesn't imply you or your friends intend to drive drunk while celebrating your time off from school; however, unexpected situations often develop where college students and partying are at hand. So, it's typically a good idea to do a little research ahead of time because it might help avoid complications if a problematic situation arises.

Does Tennessee have implied consent laws?

You may have heard people say that you have a right to refuse a breath test or a blood test when pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving. In one sense, that is technically true. You can refuse to take the test. However, Tennessee does use implied consent laws. This means that you can still be arrested under these laws for refusing to cooperate with police.

Does a doctor's note get you out of drug-related driving charges?

You're pulled over by the police, who believe you may be intoxicated. The kicker is that you haven't had anything to drink. Instead, you've just been taking prescription medications. The police arrest you and say that you can still get a DUI because you were under the influence of a drug while driving -- even if that drug wasn't alcohol.

Avoiding spring break drinking and driving

While many students travel somewhere exotic for spring break, many stay at college during their time away from study. Whether on sandy beaches or still in The Volunteer State, you want to make sure that you're staying safe and following the law. A drunk driving charge can cost serious money, but also jail time, loss of license and further punishments from your school.


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