3-Car Accident Results in DUI Arrest in Williamson County
An accident involving three vehicles resulted in a man’s arrest for driving under the influence in Franklin, Tennessee, Saturday night.
Per a report by WKRN.com, the accident occurred just after 10 p.m. at the intersection of Mack Hatcher Memorial Parkway and Franklin Road.
An investigation by officers with the Franklin Police Department revealed that the man had crashed his car into the back of another vehicle that was stopped at a red light. The impact of that collision then caused the vehicle he struck to collide with a vehicle in front of it. One of those vehicles then burst into flames due to damage sustained in the collision.
When police arrived at the scene, they found the driver—a 36-year-old Antioch man—to be under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested and charged with DUI, violation of the implied consent law, and failure to exercise due care.
No serious injuries were reported because of the accident.
6 Facts to Know about Driving While Under the Influence
The penalties for receiving a DUI have gotten tougher in Tennessee in recent years.
In addition to mandatory loss of license for at least one year, drivers who are convicted of DUI also face heavy fines that can ultimately cost them around $10,000. Lawmakers have increased the penalties of DUI to assist law enforcement in their efforts to reduce the number of alcohol-related deaths that occur on Tennessee roadways every year.
Some important facts that all drivers should know about driving under the influence include:
- 50 to 75 percent of convicted drunk drivers keep driving—even with suspended licenses.
Although the penalty for a DUI conviction is automatic loss of license for up to one year, most drivers convicted of that charge keep driving.
- 7 million people admitted to driving under the influence in 2013.
DUI arrests represent only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the total number of people who drive under the influence at least once per year. 28.7 million people driving while intoxicated in 2013 represents a greater number of people than the entire population of Texas.
- 80: the number of times people convicted of DUI drive drunk before getting caught.
If a person gets arrested for DUI, there’s an extremely high chance that they have driven drunk dozens of times before they got pulled over and arrested.
- 83 percent of drunk drivers in fatal crashes are between 21 and 44 years of age.
Most drunk drivers are young and in early adulthood or are middle-aged. The number of fatal accidents involving alcohol is nearly tied between drivers 21 to 24 (30 percent) and drivers 25 to 34 (29 percent). Drivers aged 35 to 44 make up 24 percent of those accidents.
- 300,000 people drive drunk every day, but only 3,200 are arrested.
The nation’s roadways contain far more drunk drivers than many people realize, but barely more than one percent of those drivers get caught and arrested by law enforcement officers on any given day. That’s why it’s vital for police to stay vigilant and active in their efforts to apprehend drunk drivers.
These numbers make it clear that drunk driving continues to be a major problem in Tennessee and throughout the United States. Drivers can do their part by always using designated drivers, taxis, and ridesharing services to get home when they have consumed alcohol. It’s also important to avoid driving after consuming certain prescription and over-the-counter medications.
If you or someone you know was injured in an accident involving a drunk driver, you may be eligible to pursue a claim for compensation for things like medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Our Nashville auto accident attorneys can fight for your rights and build a case that’s designed to get results. Trust our experience during this difficult time—dial (615) 200-1111 or complete a free online consultation form to speak with us today.