The holiday season is typically filled with family get-togethers, beautiful lights and decorations, and holiday parties. People enjoy eggnog at Christmas and ringing in the New Year with champagne toasts. Over-indulging is not unusual.
What isn’t part of the holiday season for most people is being arrested.
What happens when someone chooses to leave a party as an impaired driver and find him or herself caught at one of Tennessee’s “Booze it and Lose it” enforcement checkpoints?
Tennessee’s strict DUI laws net first time offenders
Tennessee’s DUI laws include 48 hour minimum jail time for first time offenders. Additional jail time, fines and mandatory treatment is a possibility.
If you are a driver under the age of 21, Tennessee has a “zero tolerance” policy. When found guilty of a DUI, underage drinkers can lose their license for a year and incur fines. You don’t have to be drunk or impaired, either. A BAC (blood alcohol level) of .02 is considered DUI for those under 21.
“Booze it and Lose it” results in arrests
Fifty counties in Tennessee participated in the state’s “Booze it and Lose it” campaign, posting additional law enforcement and running checkpoints. In Chattanooga, 17 people were arrested for being impaired. Law enforcement officials claim the arrests as a successful outcome to the event.
The police removed impaired individuals from the roadway and therefore reduced the likelihood of fatal and serious injury collisions. Brentwood also reported a reduction in lives lost in 2017 due to “Booze it and Lose it.”
If you were one of the people who found themselves snared at a “Booze it and Lose it” checkpoint, you will want to seek the advice of an attorney who specializes in DUI defense in Tennessee.