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Tennessee's DUI laws are tough on drunk drivers

Tennessee has drinking and driving laws that are similar to the laws in other states. Driving under the influence is illegal in the state. Although the state has a zero-tolerance law for minors, Tennessee does recognize that those under 21 may have a blood alcohol content (BAC) of up to .02 percent legally. However, those who have a BAC of .02 or higher while between the ages of 16 and 20 may lose their licenses for up to a year, be fined and may need to perform community service.

Unlike some other states, Tennessee does require jail time for all DUI offenders regardless of the number of offenses they've faced in the past. The minimum is 48 hours upon conviction, unless your BAC was .2 or higher. If it was .2 or higher, then you'll have to spend at least one week in jail. You may lose your license for up to a year and may be required to go to a drug and alcohol treatment program. Additionally, you'll have to pay a fine. Fines range between $350 and $1,500 depending on the case.

Why are motorcyclists in danger on the roads?

To stay safe on a motorcycle, you need to be as aware as possible. Unfortunately, you can't control every situation, and it may not be you who causes an accident. Motorists behind the wheels of four-wheeled vehicles need to be aware of the risks to motorcyclists if they don't see them or give them the space they need. Motorcyclists have the same right to be on the roads as other drivers.

In 2015, 4,976 motorcyclists and their passengers died in collisions. Another 88,000 suffered nonfatal injuries. These numbers increased over time, from a 3 percent fatality rate in 2006 to an 8 percent increase by 2015. U.S. motorcyclists account for approximately 14 percent of all traffic fatalities, even though motorcycles make up only 3 percent of the total registered vehicles in the country.

Infotainment systems increase driver distraction

Before cellphones and other mobile devices became such an integral part of most lives, people thought nothing of reaching for the knob on the car radio or adjusting the heat or defroster while driving. Those actions may seem second-nature to you now, and you may not even realize you have done it. In fact, you may no longer need to reach for your car's console to satisfy your needs.

As automobiles become smarter, you can do much more with the touch of a finger. Gone are the days of fumbling with impossible paper maps or pulling over to use a pay phone. You can do many things from the comfort of your car. However, safety advocates are increasingly concerned about the growing number of distractions behind the wheel of your car.

Tennessee to allow driverless vehicles on public roads

If there was a way to prevent car accidents and reduce the risk of you or your loved ones getting into a crash, you'd want to take it. That's why some people are surprised that Tennessee isn't doing more to support innovation for driverless vehicles. With driverless cars getting closer to becoming a reality, it's been pointed out that Tennessee needs to make way for the new technology by allowing all types of innovation related to these vehicles.

This state is not without its flaws when it comes to traffic-related deaths. Tennessee has had a substantial number of deaths related to car accidents, with close to 1,000 in 2015. In 94 percent of the cases, the accidents were a direct result of things like drowsiness and drunken driving. Sadly, the number of crashes resulting in fatalities are climbing in the state.

Trial delayed in case involving the deaths of 6

If you've lost a loved one in a truck accident, you know how important it is to see that the individual who was responsible is forced to pay for his or her actions. Sometimes, that justice comes in the form of a criminal trial, like in this case. Unfortunately, if evidence is mishandled, it can slow the resolution of the case and the justice your loved one deserves.

The second trial for a driver who was involved in a fatal accident has been postponed, according to the Sept. 19 news. The man has been accused of causing the deadly 2015 crash on I-75, but the government has stepped in to deal with an evidence dispute that is putting the case on hold.

Caught selling cocaine? You can protect your interests

Cocaine is illegal throughout the United States. As such, any drug offenses involving cocaine can be tried under federal law. Additionally, Tennessee has its own state laws that apply to drug offenses. The state laws criminalize selling, possessing or trafficking cocaine. It's a felony crime, and in Tennessee, that means you could end up in prison for up to 60 years if you're caught selling the illicit drug. The fine for selling cocaine can be up to $500,000.

Possessing or casually exchanging cocaine with others is a Class A misdemeanor. It is felony if the exchange takes place between an adult and minor while the adult is at least two years older than the minor. Subsequent offenses are also felonies.

Interstate travel with large trucks is perilous for drivers

Truck drivers need to get enough sleep to avoid causing crashes. Distractions caused by drowsiness along with drowsiness on its own can lead to serious collisions. Truck drivers have the potential to take breaks throughout their shifts, so there is no excuse for acting in a way that puts their lives or the lives of others at risk.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) shows that there are many factors that play into a collision. Motor vehicle accidents have factors that can be linked back months or years. For instance, good training can last a lifetime and show the benefit in a reduction of crashes. Not having good training could lead to a collision that would otherwise have been avoidable.

Don't roll your eyes at rollover crash safety

During your lifetime, you may have witnessed at least one serious car accident or been involved in one yourself. This type of situation can prove frightening, and you certainly want to do your best to remain safe while on the road. In particular, you and other Tennessee residents may fear that a rollover accident could occur that leads to your suffering serious injuries.

While rollover crashes only account for a small number of serious accidents overall, they have a considerable percentage for causing fatalities. Though you may believe that SUVs and similar vehicles face the most risk of this type of incident, you may also want to understand that smaller vehicles could also rollover under certain circumstances.

Motorcycle accidents: One moment changes lives

Motorcycle accidents happen quickly and have the potential to lead to serious injuries or death. As a motorcyclist, you know that the last thing you want to deal with is a crash that results in life-altering injuries.

To avoid being involved in a serious motorcycle crash, you have to take your time and be prepared for anything. Here are a few tips that can help you prevent a crash.

Crashes are avoidable with prevention and safety tips

Car accidents cause injuries and take lives. This changes everyone involved for the better or worse instantly. Since car accidents have such a major impact on people, it's important that you take time to learn how to avoid them. It's always best to take preventative measures, so you can avoid ever having to deal with the losses that occur in one of these emergency situations.

One way to avoid a car accident is by specifically watching out for children on or around the roads. Unlike adults, children don't have the same awareness about the dangers of traffic. A child looking to cross the road may not look both ways. A little one who loses a doll in the street might run back out before his or her mom or dad can say no. Being aware of your surroundings could prevent situations like these from leading to fatalities.

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