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A 58-year-old man is being charged with vehicular homicide and vehicular assault after he traveled the wrong way down Briley Parkway in Nashville and collided head-on with another vehicle on June 30.

Per a report by WKRN.com, the accident caused a passenger in the vehicle that the man hit to suffer fatal injuries. Metro Nashville Police say the crash occurred near Eaton’s Creek Road just before 10 p.m.

After an investigation, police determined that the man was intoxicated, as they found an empty bottle of whiskey inside his vehicle and toxicology tests confirmed that his blood alcohol level was 0.225 at the time of the crash—nearly three times the legal limit.

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On Monday, police arrested a 19-year-old male who was driving a vehicle that entered the westbound lanes of Interstate 440 traveling in the wrong direction and crashed into another vehicle, causing one person to suffer fatal injuries.

Per a report by WKRN.com, the accident happened just after 1:30 a.m. on the I-440 ramp connecting to the southbound lanes of Interstate 65. Metro Nashville Police say that the suspect was traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes in his 2004 Chevrolet pickup truck just before it collided head-on with a 2004 Mazda Tribute that was entered the I-440 from I-65.

The 25-year-old driver of the Mazda Tribute was determined by emergency responders to have died on impact. The wrong-way driver exited his truck and toward nearby apartments on Franklin Road. The MNPD used a K-9 unit to track down the driver, and he was eventually located and arrested after turning himself in to authorities.

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A suspected drunk driver crashed his vehicle into a Metro Nashville Police cruiser late Wednesday night, causing the officer inside to suffer injuries.

Per a report by WKRN.com, the accident occurred just before midnight on Old Harding Pike near South Colony Drive in Davidson County.

The officer who was injured had just responded to an earlier suspected DUI crash that had occurred in Bellevue the same night. The MNPD reports that the officer used his vehicle to block the roadway at the scene of the previous suspected DUI accident when the driver of an SUV drove towards the accident scene and crashed his vehicle into the officer’s cruiser.

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Williamson County Offers DUI Education Program to Help Repeat Offenders

In 2010, Williamson County launched the state’s first standalone DUI court, which boasts a success rate of 86 percent for making sure participants aren’t arrested for more alcohol-related offenses after their initial arrests.

Per a report by The Tennessean, the program currently has 26 active participants who receive education, assistance, and enforcement in three different ways: judge supervision, probation and drug testing, and therapy.

Participants must wear devices that monitor their alcohol intake, submit to two drug tests per week, perform public service work, write their thoughts and progress in a journal, attend weekly meetings with a judge, and attend Alcoholics Anonymous or church-based self-help meetings.

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AAA and Anheuser-Busch Partner to Offer Safe Rides Home during Holidays

100 million Americans will travel during the 2016 holiday season, and nearly 94 million of them will travel by car, truck, or SUV.

Clarksville Now reports that AAA will partner with Anheuser-Busch to provide safe rides home via the Tow to Go program for people who consume alcohol during the holiday season. The service will be provided beginning anytime on Friday, Dec. 23, and will continue through Monday, Jan. 2. The service will provide rides to people who need to get home within a 10-mile radius of a restaurant, bar, or other gathering.

A spokesperson with Anheuser-Busch says that the Tow to Go program is an effective way to promote the usage of designated drivers and reduce the risks that impaired drivers create for themselves and for others.

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AAA Study: Drowsy Driving as Risky as Drunk Driving

The dangers of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs are widely known. And in recent years, law enforcement agencies have increased awareness of the dangers of driving while distracted due to cell phones and other electronic devices. However, many drivers are unaware of the dangers of drowsy driving.

CBS News says that a study by AAA found that drivers who get five to six hours of sleep—two to three hours fewer than experts recommend—on a nightly basis put themselves at a risk of being involved in a car accident that’s quadruple that of drivers who get at least seven hours of sleep.

Federal regulators say that driving while drowsy is as dangerous as driving while drunk, and up to one-third of drivers report that getting roadways when they’re sleep or have trouble keeping their eyes open.

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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.

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Injuries Reported after Drunk Driving Accident in Nashville on Sunday

A woman suffered serious injuries after the driver of the vehicle she was riding in lost control of the car, causing it to careen off the roadway and into a ditch.

According to a report by WSMV.com, the accident occurred at around 3:30 a.m. Sunday morning on Franklin Pike and Kirkwood Avenue.

Officers with Metro Nashville Police investigated the accident scene and determined that the driver of the vehicle was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash. The female passenger who was injured was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center to receive treatment, and her injuries are considered non-life-threatening at this time.

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Davidson County Sheriff’s Office to Offer Free Rides on St. Patrick’s Day

In an effort to make the streets of Nashville and its surrounding areas safer, the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office will offer residents free rides home on St. Patrick’s Day—which is Thursday, March 17.

According to a report by WKRN.com, officers with the DCSO will be present at the corner of Second Avenue and Broadway between 9 p.m. and 1 a.m. to pick up residents who need safe rides home after celebrating downtown. Officers will also be stationed at the roundabout on Demonbreun Street during the same timeframe.

A spokesperson with the DCSO says that anyone who has been drinking and needs a safe ride home can utilize either of the pick-up locations and get a lift from a police officer with no questions asked. In addition, he also said that all would-be drivers who have consumed alcohol should choose safe rides home on St. Patrick’s Day to avoid potentially causing accidents, whether they use the free ride program, cabs, or designated drivers.

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Man Seriously Injured in Pedestrian Accident at Rivergate Mall

A 42-year-old man suffered serious injuries and is currently being treated in an intensive care unit after he was struck by a plumbing van at Rivergate Mall Wednesday evening.

According to a report by WKRN.com, the accident occurred when a man who was driving a plumbing van struck the victim on an access road near the Macy’s department store. The driver of the van told police that the victim stepped out in front of his vehicle before the accident occurred.

Responding officers spoke with the driver of the van and noticed that he appeared to be intoxicated due to his unsteadiness, watery eyes, and the odor of alcohol on his breath. Police then administered several sobriety tests to the driver, which they say showed more signs of impairment. In addition, they discovered an open container of alcohol in his vehicle.

The driver was arrested at the scene and charged with vehicular assault, driving under the influence, driving with an open container, and driving on a suspended license.

He was booked into the Metro jail on $50,000 bond.

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