Monday, March 23, 2015

DUI Crashes 2015

  Between Jan 1 and March 23, 2015, there have been 400 crashes in which a driver was charged with DUI. These crashes have resulted in 530 total injuries and 2 fatalities. Source: Titan Crash Data

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Fees for Blood Tests Challenged by Chattanooga attorney

In an interesting twist, attorney Jerry Summers, has objected to the fee paid to the labs who conduct blood tests in DUI cases. Currently the lab receives $250 as a fee to offset costs, if the driver is convicted of the crime.

I wonder who will end up paying for these tests, if he is successful. My guess is that the lab would then have to be funded by tax dollars paid by all of us who do not get convicted of DUI. Read about it at:

Higher court to rule on constitutionality of DUI fee law - | Chattanooga News, Weather & Sports

Monday, March 9, 2015

First Degree Murder and DUI

A McMinn County driver, allegedly impaired by drugs including methamphetamine, has been charged with first degree murder. The driver had two unrestrained child passengers, one of whom was killed. One of his charges was aggravated child neglect. Aggravated child neglect occurs when there is child neglect resulting in the death of a child under the age of eight. First degree (felony) murder occurs when aggravated child neglect results in death. No culpable mental state is required for a felony murder conviction.
The jury question in the case will probably be whether the failure to restrain a child is neglect.
Read about the case at: