DUI

Tennessee Safety Commissioner Bill Gibbons says the state is getting closer to overhauling the state’s DUI statutes, but he doubts the first round of changes will add any new teeth to the laws. Gibbons said down the line he and a committee of state and local officials may consider recommending changes in the law like […]

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State troopers set up no-refusal checkpoints over the Labor Day weekend under a law passed earlier this year that makes it much harder for drivers suspected of being under the influence to refuse alcohol tests.

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Press release from the Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security; Sept. 4, 2012:  NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security announced Tuesday that the Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated zero alcohol-related fatal accidents in the 16 counties chosen for “No Refusal” DUI enforcement efforts over the Labor Day holiday period. Additionally, just […]

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Press release from the Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security; August 30, 2012:  NASHVILLE— Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons and Tennessee Highway Patrol Colonel Tracy Trott today announced the department’s second “No Refusal” enforcement campaign at a joint press conference with the Governor’s Highway Safety Office (GHSO) and Mothers […]

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Tennessee drivers forced to submit to blood tests will not be added to a national DNA database used by law enforcement, state officials said. The state this year enacted a no-refusal law under which judges can issue warrants at the time of a traffic stop to force drivers to take sobriety tests.

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Press Release from the Tennessee Department of Safety; July 10, 2012:  NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security announced the results from the state’s first-ever “No Refusal” DUI enforcement effort which took place in five counties over the July Fourth holiday period. The campaign was a coordinated effort by the Tennessee Highway […]

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Press release from the Department of Safety; July 2, 2012:   NASHVILLE — Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons and Tennessee Highway Patrol Colonel Tracy Trott today partnered with the Governor’s Highway Safety Office (GHSO) and various local and state officials to announce this weekend’s first-ever “No Refusal” enforcement campaign. The “No […]

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A Capitol Hill lobbyist challenging state Rep. Joshua Evans has a 2010 DUI arrest record. But Evans and the state lawmaker who released the information both avoided likening the situation to that of Rep. Curry Todd.

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Press release from the House Republican Caucus; April 19, 2012: NASHVILLE, Tenn.—The House this week agreed to tough new restrictions against irresponsible conduct behind the wheel that may save the lives of children. Generally, under present law, upon conviction of a first DUI offense, an offender is fined between $350 and $1,500. This individual is […]

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Rep. Curry Todd ducked out of the House of Representatives in just enough time Thursday to miss voting on a bill giving judges the power to force people to submit to blood-alcohol tests who are pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving. Todd, formerly a Memphis cop and lobbyist for the Fraternal Order of Police, […]

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Rep. Curry Todd could lose his driver’s license for a year after refusing a breathalyzer test when he was arrested on DUI and gun possession charges this month in Nashville. DUI defense attorneys generally recommend that drivers refuse such tests, a message that frustrates law enforcement.

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The Shelby County lawmaker, arrested last week for DUI, reportedly acknowledged to Gov. Haslam that he “made a bad mistake” and he’s sorry. The governor, who reiterated the conversation for reporters, said he ran into Rep. Todd at a charity golf tournament Monday held by Speaker of the House Beth Harwell and Rep. Gary Odom.

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