Archive for May, 2011

Tennessee Driver’s License Information

At the Oberman & Rice law firm we often receive inquiries about Tennessee driver’s licenses.  Two of the most common questions asked are (1) Where is a Tennessee Department of Safety testing station (also known as a Full Service Driver Service Center) in Knoxville? and (2) What do I need to do to get my Tennessee driver’s license reinstated following a suspension, revocation or cancellation?

Tennessee Department of Safety Locations

The service you need will dictate which Tennessee Department of Safety Service Center you should visit.  For instance, you can renew or obtain a duplicate of your non-commercial motor vehicle driver’s license at most locations.  However, the testing necessary for a new license or, in the case of a Driving Under the Influence or Implied Consent Violation, a restricted Tennessee driver’s license is only available at the “full service” centers. A list of locations, listed by county and available services can be found by clicking here.  Knox County has only one full service center:

Strawberry Plains Driver Testing  Station
7320 Region Lane
Knoxville, TN 37914
(865) 594-6399
Fax: (865) 594-6429
Services: Full Driver License Service station, CDL (Commercial Driver License) Skills Test, Original Handgun Permit, Driving Records (MVR), Driver License Reinstatement (Walk-In Only)

Tennessee Driver’s License Reinstatement

The Tennessee Department of Safety website is an excellent source for information relating to the reinstatement of your Tennessee driver’s license.  In fact, the website provides an Online Driver Services section (available by clicking here) that allows Tennessee licensees to perform many functions on the website itself.  In some instances, you may be able to have your Tennessee driver’s license reinstated through this website.  Even if you are required to visit a testing station or other location for reinstatement, by following the prompts for reinstating your driver’s license, you can obtain valuable information on the requirements and logistics of the reinstatement procedure, including the eligible date for reinstatement.

We hope the above information will help you as you navigate the waters of the Tennessee Department of Safety.  If, however, you still have questions, Sara and Steve will be happy to speak with you at (865) 249-7200.  You may also review our websites at www.tndui.com and www.duiknoxville.com.

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The Walk and Turn Field Sobriety Test

Every day, law enforcement officers must decide whether to arrest a suspect for DUI.  They have to determine whether the person’s ability to drive is impaired below normal or whether their blood alcohol content exceeds the legal limit of .08%.  One of the tools they use is the Standardized Field Sobriety Test (SFST) battery recognized by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This battery consists of 3 tests: the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus, the Walk and Turn and the One Leg Stand tests.

In this week’s podcast  Steve Oberman provides a summary of the standardized Walk and Turn test. If you have not done so already, you should first listen to the previous podcast entitled “The History of Field Sobriety Tests,” which can be found by clicking here.

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Additional information about the Walk and Turn test, as well as the remaining standardized field sobriety tests, can be found on the Oberman & Rice websites at www.tndui.com and www.duiknoxville.com.  You may also contact Steve or Sara for more information by calling (865) 249-7200.

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