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Tennessee and Alabama Officers Work Together to Enforce DUI Laws

August 25, 2014

Sheriffs’ offices across the state have teamed up with state police from Tennessee and Alabama to crack down on drunk driving. According to a WHNT news report, the goal of “Hands Across Borders” DUI campaign is to reduce the number of alcohol-related deaths to zero.

Leading up to Labor Day weekend, officers will focus on drunk drivers, motorists who are unbuckled and drivers who are distracted. Their crackdown will include the use of sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols. An official with Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office has stated that high-visibility campaigns in the past have reduced impaired driving fatalities by 20 percent. The checkpoints and patrols are expected to lead to an increase in DUI arrests.

If you intend on celebrating the last days of summer with alcohol, it is crucial that you secure a designated driver or call a cab. There will be officers out in force searching for any signs of intoxication. If you are behind the wheel and are seen speeding, driving too slowly, running through a red light, weaving in traffic or behaving erratically, you are likely to be pulled over. You could also end up speaking with officers if you are near one of the many DUI checkpoints that will be utilized during the “Hands Across Borders” campaign.

Whether you are at a checkpoint or you have been pulled over, it is important to remember that you have rights. You are not required to answer any questions and it is not against the law to refuse to take an alcohol breath test. During a DUI campaign, you are expected to take a breath test and refusing to participate could lead to your arrest.

Once at the station, you are required to take a blood alcohol test, but you still have the right to remain silent. Ask for an attorney and do not say anything that could hurt your chances of fighting the charges. You may be able to have the penalties reduced and evidence thrown out. An experienced Knoxville DUI defense lawyer can make sure that your rights are protected every step of the way.