Driving under the influence can incur serious consequences

Driving under the influence means more than just too much alcohol


Driving under the influence is a serious and dangerous act no matter the scenario. When taking the wheel after consuming too much alcohol, the consequences that can occur to yourself and also the harm you may cause to others should always be considered.

According to Tennessee DUI law, Driving Under the Influence (DUI) is not only limited to alcohol, but it also extends to any intoxicant, narcotic drug or other drug producing central nervous effects which can include prescription drugs.

Any of these substances can have different physical and mental effects, depending on the person and how their body reacts to certain situations such as the amount of consumption, time of day, body chemistry or mental state. Therefore, it is important to understand your body and how it reacts to alcohol or other drugs.

Alcohol and other drugs can affect your overall perception of certain situation while altering your physical mobility and also your mind and sense of judgement.

When all of these elements are combined, there is a greater chance someone can be charged with a DUI while driving. If convicted of a DUI in Tennessee, there are several consequences that may result in license suspension or jail time.

Even greater, there is a chance a vehicle crash can occur while driving under the influence. This not only affects the driver’s legal outcome, but it can also cause injury or death to innocent drivers on interstates and highways.

Over the last 10 years, Rutherford County has averaged over 300 alcohol related traffic crashes each year. Through the second quarter of 2018, there have been 184 traffic crashed related to alcohol

When looking at other counties surrounding Rutherford County, numbers show that only Davidson County is higher with 344 crashes so far this year.

  • Rutherford  184
  • Davidson  344
  • Williamson  91
  • Wilson  61
  • Cannon  6
  • Coffee  43
  • Bedford  38

*Source: Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security

In addition, most vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among people between the ages of 3-33 according to stats from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. With all of this in mind, driving under the influence is something that should not be overlooked at any stage.  If you are facing DUI charges in Rutherford County or surrounding Middle Tennessee Counties, contact Crain & Flatt Attorneys at Law for sound legal counsel.