Non-Alcohol DUIs Common in Tennessee
Driving under the influence (DUI) arrests triggered by impairing drugs now outnumber alcohol-based DUIs by almost two-to-one in Tennessee and throughout the U.S. These incidents were related to marijuana, illegal drugs, over-the-counter medications, and prescription drugs. Marijuana was, by far, the most common drug. Reacting to the study, the Office of National Drug Control Policy considers drugged driving a serious threat to public safety.
The increase in non-alcohol DUIs is significant. Although DUI is one of the few offenses without a knowledge or intent element, lack of knowledge about a drug’s effect may be a compelling argument, especially in a borderline BAC-level case or if there was no warning label on the bottle.
Not all substances are created equal. A study from the National Highway Transportation Safety Agency concluded that, when it comes to impaired driving, alcohol is 600 times more dangerous than any other legal or illegal drug. If there was no chemical test, prosecutors may be hard-pressed to prove that two or three joints have the same effect as two or three drinks, given the scientific evidence to the contrary.
The face of DUI is changing. If you or a loved one has been charged with driving under the influence for alcohol or drugs, contact the experienced Murfreesboro DUI defense attorneys at Kidwell, South, Beasley and Haley today at 615-893-1331 or online for a free consultation. We have been part of the community for more than 40 years.