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How does Tennessee rank among DUI states? Recent report tells all

It is safe to say that all American states have worked to deter drunk driving in recent years. Tennessee is no exception, with lawmakers imposing harsh penalties on those convicted of a DUI/DWI. Even a first offense is serious in Tennessee, resulting in penalties such as 48 hours in jail, costly fines, loss of driving privileges and several others.

The question is, have the efforts of lawmakers to curtail drunk driving seen any results? According to data from a recent report, DUIs in the U.S. have risen overall. In 2015, over 10,000 people in America died as a result of DUI/DWI. More than 200,000 suffered injuries related to DUIs. How does Tennessee rank among the best and worst DUI/DWI states? Somewhere just below the middle ground at number 19.

Data used in the report includes the following:

-- Deaths attributed directly to driving under the influence

-- DUI arrests per 100,000 individuals

-- Self-reported information regarding "drinking too much before driving"

How might this Tennesse could expect a renewed effort to make DUI arrests in order to reduce these figures. After all, if lawmakers see that their efforts to deter drunk driving are not working, it makes sense for them to increase their efforts.

In any case, you should never forget that even a single DUI/DWI arrest and conviction will absolutely impact your life. Avoiding conviction is the key to preserving your way of life and your reputation. In turn, working with a defense attorney is a great way of improving your odds of remaining conviction-free.

Source: Spring Hill Home Page, "DUI data places Tennessee at 19th among states," March 09, 2017

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