Just after midnight on September 27, a local police officer suffered minor injuries when an SUV, driven by a suspected drunk driver hit the officer’s patrol car. Thankfully the injuries were not worse to the officer or anyone else at the scene. As Nashville car accident attorneys, we want to share with you some important information about drunk driving.

  • According to information provided by Nashville.gov, statistically speaking, October is the most common month for DUI arrests.
  • If an officer suspects you were driving drunk, you can expect to undergo Standard Field Sobriety Tasks. You may be required to undergo a walk-and-turn, a one-leg stand, and a horizontal gaze nystagmus.
  • If the officer has reason to suspect you are driving while impaired, you legally must submit to either a breath alcohol test or a blood test.
  • In Tennessee, the BAC for those 21 and older is .08%. For commercial drivers, it is .04%. For those under 21, it is .02%.
  • You may face DUI penalties for a BAC below the legal limit in certain circumstances, including if you refuse to take a chemical test.
  • While there are certain guidelines which can help you see roughly how much you can drink before surpassing the state’s BAC limit, it is not an exact science. Other factors, such as height, gender, if you are taking medication, and whether you ate anything also affect how quickly your driving ability becomes impaired.
  • Your first DUI offense could result in between 48 hours and 11 months in jail, $350 to $1,500 in fines and penalties, and a one-year suspension of your license. You will need to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle before you are able to drive again.
  • If you are going to drink, even just a small amount, and you need to travel somewhere, find someone else to drive you. Even if you do not think you have reached the legal limit, it is better to be safe than convicted of a DUI.

Even if you drive responsibly on the roads, not everyone avoids driving after consuming alcohol. If you were hit by a drunk driver or an otherwise impaired driver, contact us.