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For many, alcohol consumption is an integral part of holiday celebrations. As a result, law enforcement often increases patrols and enforcement for impaired drivers. In fact, the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) has announced plans to “step up enforcement,” that includes “saturation patrols, bar and tavern checks, and driver license and sobriety checkpoints.” Please click here for more information on the 2012 THP Holiday Enforcement efforts.
If your holiday celebration includes alcohol consumption, it is important to understand how your consumption may impair your ability to drive. Oberman & Rice encourages you to celebrate safely and be certain to have a designated driver who is not drinking alcohol or taking any medications or drugs. Be prepared with contact information for cab companies. AAA even offers a unique “Tow to Go” program as a last resort for impaired drivers. Subject to availability, a AAA tow truck will tow and you and your vehicle to a safe location within a 10-mile radius at no cost.
It is also important that you know your rights, as well as Tennessee law relating to DUI. For instance, under certain circumstances, you may be arrested for DUI while in a parked vehicle, even if you have not driven the vehicle. Further, should you conclude that you are not too impaired to operate a vehicle, a law enforcement officer may reach a different conclusion. Should you be suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol or another intoxicant, you may find yourself with questions relating to the Tennessee DUI laws, such as:
- Am I required to take the field sobriety tests?
- Do I have a legal right to refuse a breath or blood test (chemical test)?
- Do I have a right to select between a blood or breath test?
- Do I have a right to consult with my lawyer prior to taking field sobriety tests or a chemical test?
- Do I have a right to obtain my own blood alcohol test?
We would encourage you to visit our website at http://www.tndui.com/faqs.php for the detailed answers to these and many other frequently asked questions relating to a TN DUI traffic stop. Feel free to also call Steve or Sara with any questions at 865-249-7200.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol is planning sobriety checkpoints in Knox County, Tennessee. These checkpoints are also frequently referred to as DUI roadblocks or DWI roadblocks. Prior to administering such a DUI roadblock, the police (THP in this case) are legally required to advise the public of the location and times of the roadblock/sobriety checkpoint.
The lawyers at Oberman & Rice would like to repeat the information publicized by the Knoxville News-Sentinel in reference to the location and times of the roadblocks. They are: Friday, November 9, 2012 starting at 11:00 PM on Maryville Pike at Mt. Olive Baptist Church South; and Friday, December 7, 2012 starting at 11 p.m. on Oak Ridge Highway at Pellissippi Parkway.
Please be on the lookout for and drive cautiously near these DUI roadblocks. There will likely be a lot of law enforcement personnel in the area.
Anyone detained and then arrested at a Tennessee Sobriety Checkpoint or Driver’s License Roadside Safety Checkpoint should immediately contact a Tennessee attorney familiar with DUI Roadblocks or Driver’s License Checkpoints. For more information about the crime of DUI or about your legal rights relating to a Tennessee Highway Patrol roadblock, Steve and Sara are available by calling (865) 249-7200.