Intoxicated Driving Continues to be a Serious Issue in Rutherford County

Oct 02, 2023 at 12:35 pm by WGNS News

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Intoxicated driving continues to be a problem, but alcohol is no longer the main culprit that drivers are using... That was Rutherford County Assistant District Attorney Jerry Blythe. Again, he suggested about 50% of DUI arrest involve drivers who were drinking alcohol and about 50% of drivers who were using a drug of some sort.


Some of the drugs of choice used by drivers in Rutherford County may surprise you...One of the main dangers of drivers who use opioids, is the driver overdosing and causing a serious injury accident that endangers other motorist.

Many people are still paying for DUI arrests that took place during the past COVID Pandemic, which saw a dramatic increase in DUI arrests...

According to the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, between July 1st of 2022 and June 30th of this year, over 50% of drivers arrested on DUI charges were between the ages of 20 and 34. 

Learn more about DUI laws in Tennessee HERE. Hear the entire interview by Retired Assistant District Attorney J. Paul Newman about DUI's in Rutherford County HERE.


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