Thursday, January 30, 2014

Newsletter Available

Issue 45 of the DUI News is now available at the link above the index.
Included is a four page article from Colorado TSRP, Chris Halsor concerning DUI issues raised by the legalization of marijuana.

Monday, January 13, 2014


Thanks Todd South for an outstanding article. Good luck to Robert Livingston and all those attempting to beat alcohol and regain their lives!
Read about it at:

Friday, January 3, 2014

State Officials Announce 2013 Tennessee Traffic Fatality Figures


Thursday, January 02, 2014 | 03:30 pm

NASHVILLE--- The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security today announced preliminary figures indicating the state has recorded 988 traffic fatalities in 2013. That’s a 2.7 percent decrease in vehicular deaths on Tennessee roadways last year compared to 2012, when there were 1,015 traffic fatalities. The 2013 traffic fatality numbers include vehicular deaths reported by all Tennessee law enforcement agencies.

Last year’s preliminary number of 988 traffic-related deaths in Tennessee represents just the fourth time in 50 years vehicular fatalities have dropped below 1,000. In 2011, there were 937 traffic-related deaths on Tennessee roadways, representing the lowest figure since 1963.

“The decline in the number of traffic fatalities in 2013 indicates that Tennessee is moving in the right direction. Our focus on data driven deployment of state troopers to have the maximum impact on DUI and seat belt enforcement is paying off. We have much more work to do, though,” Commissioner Bill Gibbons said.

Impaired driving fatalities fell 26.7 percent from 2010 to 2013 in Tennessee. In 2013, preliminary statistics indicate 211 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes across the state (24.1 percent of the total). Tennessee state troopers increased their number of DUI arrests in 2013 to 6,428, a 90.4 percent increase over 2010.

Additionally, Tennessee state troopers issued 74,277 seat belt and child restraint device citations in 2013, a 135.1 percent increase from the 31,599 citations issued in 2010. In Tennessee, unrestrained motorists accounted for 48.9 percent (364) of vehicle occupants killed in 2013.

Other contributing factors in fatal crashes included speed and distracted driving, with 184 and 167 deaths, respectively.

Of concern is the fact that pedestrian fatalities have increased by 25 percent over the past year from 68 in 2012 to 85 in 2013.

“In 2014, we will employ a predictive analytics model (C.R.A.S.H.) to look even more closely at where traffic crashes are most likely to occur and deploy our resources, both in educational efforts and enforcement. We hope that this new tool will help reduce serious injury and fatal crashes across the state,” Colonel Tracy Trott said.

Preliminary statistics indicate one person has died on Tennessee roadways in 2014, compared to eight at this time last year.

Happy New DUI

There were 16 persons arrested in Nashville for DUI on New Years Day after midnight. They started their year in a difficult way. Each is presumed innocent unless proven guilty. They 16 were:

Evan Bass; Mari Seay; Mickey Sloan; Bryan  Phillips; Malcolm Sheffield; Dustin Smith; Maya Tollivar; Jason Dennis; Veronica Schlusser; Aritamel Morelos; Tammi Darnell; Lashndra Fuller; Leroy Sanchez-Castellano; Peter Ambrosetti; Robin Wheat and Huntley Bennington.

There were 7 persons arrested for DUI in Chattanooga. They were:

Aditya V. Chaudhari; Stanley Lee Daniel; James Morgan Davis; Steve Allen Edge; Terri Kasha Quarles; Janice Marie Rocha; David Alan Wilson.

Both cities offered free ride programs to people who over-indulged.