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To-Go Alcohol Law in Tennessee is Extended

Tennesseans may recall that  Governor Lee signed an executive order during the COVID-19 pandemic allowing restaurants to sell alcoholic beverages for take-out.  Apparently, this order was so popular that the Tennessee legislature extended the law to allow “To-Go” purchases of alcohol to continue. However, the extension of the “To-Go” law is only for two years. The bill summary for Tennessee House Bill 0241 states, “Generally under present law, the holder of a license to sell alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption ... Read More »

Woman pleads not guilty to DUI crash that killed 5-year-old daughter

Source: San Diego Union-Tribune Prosecutors allege Kapri Raven Coleman’s blood-alcohol content measured .16 percent — twice the legal driving limit in California A 27-year-old woman who allegedly drove while intoxicated and crashed her car off Interstate 15 near Bonsall, killing her 5-year-old daughter and critically injuring her two toddlers, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges that include murder. Kapri Raven Coleman is accused in last Wednesday’s crash, in which the California Highway Patrol said her 2009 Hyundai Genesis veered off northbound ... Read More »

Tennessee Boating Under the Influence Penalties Increased

As of July 1, 2021, the penalties for boating under the influence in Tennessee will be substantially increased.  A number of Tennessee statutes will be amended by Senate Bill 0246 in the Tennessee 112th General Assembly to accomplish these changes.  In essence, the change in the law adjusts the penalties for boating under the influence (BUI, BWI) to align with the current driving under the influence (DUI) penalties. The Bill summary states: “This bill clarifies that the offenses of vehicular ... Read More »

Police Discover 2-Year-Old Underneath Truck’s Litter After Grandmother Arrested for DUI

Source: Newsweek.com Police in Memphis, Tennessee, arrested a 51-year-old grandmother on Sunday night for driving under the influence with her 2-year-old grandson unbuckled inside her truck. The arresting officer initially did not notice the presence of the young boy. After the officer placed the woman, identified as Claudia Patterson, in his squad car, he then discovered the 2-year-old in the backseat of the truck. The young boy was undetected at first because Patterson’s truck was reportedly in a state of disarray with items ... Read More »

Driver charged in deadly DUI crash was engaged in sex act, authorities claim

Source: nydailynews.com A man charged with plowing his pickup into a group outside a California bar Friday night, killing one woman and injuring two men, allegedly was receiving oral sex at the time, authorities claim. Alex Corpus Moreno, 32, was charged Wednesday with gross vehicular manslaughter and DUI causing injury for the fatal collision outside the Agave Sports Bar and Grill in San Jose, court documents obtained by the Daily News confirm. Read More »

New Report: Field Sobriety Testing and THC Levels Not Correlated With Marijuana Intoxication

Every state has a law which prohibits driving under the influence of marijuana.  To enforce those laws, governments use roadside field sobriety tests to detect marijuana intoxication and laboratory tests to measure THC levels in blood and urine.  The use of these tests is premised on the belief that performance on field sobriety tests and THC levels are correlated with marijuana intoxication.  A recent study conducted for the United States Department of Justice shows that belief is wrong. Read More »

Are Takeout Cocktails Here to Stay?

One of the positive changes brought about by the pandemic occurred when many state and local government allowed customers to take pre-mixed cocktails outdoors in expanded dining areas.  According to Yahoo! news, 33 states and the District of Columbia pass emergency orders allowing outdoor drinking. Quoting the Wall Street Journal, Yahoo! news reports that Washington, D.C., “Wisconsin, Kentucky, Ohio, and Iowa have already made such allowances permanent, while other states extended permission into next year.” Those opposed to permitting outdoor ... Read More »

Suspect in deadly Lake County DUI crash vanishes, family pleads for help

Source: Clickorlando.com LEESBURG, Fla. – Five years after their mother was killed in a Leesburg drunk driving crash, a family is demanding answers after the suspect vanished. Leesburg police investigators said Lori Ann Dudley, 54, was riding her motorcycle along Highway 441 the night of Aug. 20, 2016, when a vehicle hit her from behind at a stop light. Read More »

New DUI Enforcement Training Law Under Consideration in Tennessee

The Tennessee Senate has unanimously passed a law requiring law enforcement officers to undergo training on the proper testing procedures for use in investigating cases of suspected driving under the influence (DUI or DWI).  This training would be part of the annual in-service training required for certifications that occur on or after January 1, 2022. The law, if passed by the Tenn. House and signed by the Governor will amend T.C.A. Title 38, Chapter 8 and Title 55, Chapter 10, ... Read More »

New York State Assembly Passes Recreational Marijuana Law

ALBANY, NY (WRGB) — They estimate this could being in 375 million dollars a year in revenue. Lawmakers tell CBS 6 they have made an agreement, But critics of legal marijuana are concerned about what this could mean for public safety, specifically about impaired driving. “We have passed the point of legalized cannabis. It’s in New Jersey it’s in Massachusetts,” Governor Cuomo said in a briefing. The text of the bill hasn’t been finalized yet, but Assembly members say the ... Read More »