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New Year's Eve: DUI Checkpoints and Things to Do

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As an accident attorney, one thing I have learned from past New Year’s Eve holidays is that your safety is typically jeopardized by the actions of others. New Year’s Eve is a time to celebrate with friends and family, but bad occurrences ruin this celebration because of the negligent actions of others.

Unfortunately, alcohol consumption and New Year’s Eve seem to go hand in hand. Any time intoxicated drivers are on the roads, we have a recipe for disaster. As I get older, here’s my best advice: stay home. I recommend enjoying the College Football Playoff or a New Year’s Eve celebration broadcast from the comfort and safety of your own couch.

If you do venture out this holiday season, be aware that the Memphis Police Department and surrounding area police departments will be out in full force arresting those driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs. Every New Year’s Eve, police set up sobriety checkpoints throughout the Mid-South looking for people driving under the influence.

Driving under the influence can have long-term and devastating consequences for you, your family and others who share the road. I strongly advise calling Uber, Lyft or a local taxicab. I assure you that these options are safer and much cheaper alternatives to a DUI conviction.

Over the last several years, Tennessee law enforcement has set up “no refusal” blood-draw DUI checkpoints. As reported on Police State USA, these random DUI checkpoints lead to a drastic increase in arrests, especially during a holiday weekend.

If these checkpoints are instituted this New Year’s Eve, as we anticipate, drivers suspected of driving impaired will be subject to mandatory field sobriety tests and a mandatory blood draw if the officer deems necessary. DUI Block posts a comprehensive list of anticipated DUI roadblocks for many counties in the state of Tennessee.  

If you are injured or involved in an accident with a drunk driver, contact an experienced attorney who can provide advice on how to handle everything from property damage to lost wages, from medical bills to pain and suffering. If you allow an insurance company to tell you your rights, you will never realize the entire truth.

Our team will explain your personal injury matter to you in a clear, easy-to-understand way that will help you understand the recovery process. Also, note that our standard fee arrangement for representing injured parties is lower than that of a typical Plaintiff’s attorney.

Contact our team for more information on fees and the recovery process as the attorneys at The Chiozza Law Firm and Your901Law.com will handle your case in a confidential manner while protecting your rights every step of the way.

On a lighter note, if you do venture out this weekend, Memphis does offer a multitude of safe and family-friendly events. The wonderful people at I Love Memphis have come up with a comprehensive list of things to do in Memphis, including an early afternoon game at the AutoZone Liberty Bowl between Georgia and TCU on Dec. 30.

If football isn’t your cup of tea, there is also a matinee showing of Peter Pan at Playhouse on the Square that is perfect way for adults and children alike to ring in the New Year. Both events, and many others, will allow you to get home safely before dark.

Again, we want to wish everyone a safe, happy, peaceful and prosperous venture into 2017. Should you ever have a legal question or problem, call The Chiozza Law Firm at 901-526-9494 to speak with an attorney or for emergencies contact Brian Chiozza, brian@chiozzalaw.com. We are conveniently located in Downtown Memphis at 230 Adams Avenue. No appointment necessary as walk-ins are always welcome.

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Posted by Brian Chiozza at 11:15 AM

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