The National Safety Council has chosen the month of May to highlight teens and young drivers. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) records indicate that traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for teens and young adults.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that at least 4 million Americans get behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol more than 100 million times per year. These figures are staggering, especially considering the fact that all it takes is one drunk driver to cause a catastrophic collision.
Truckers make up only a small portion of the road population, but they account for a significant number of traffic crash deaths. According to Forbes, only about 8 percent of vehicles on America’s roads are big rigs, yet an estimated 4,500 people die each year in truck-related collisions.
Tennessee law is harsh on anyone found to be driving under the influence of alcohol. Even first-time offenders face mandatory jail time of at least 48 hours while those who have a BAC over .20% could remain incarcerated for up to seven days. A first-time conviction could also result in a $1,500 fine, license revocation, and an order to complete a term of community service.
The state of Tennessee might have mandatory minimum coverage requirements when it comes to car insurance, but that does not mean everyone abides by these regulations. In fact, according to the Insurance Information Institute, Tennessee has one of the highest percentages of uninsured motorists in the country.
Traveling with kids can be a lot of fun, but as any parent will tell you, it can also be a lot of work. Keeping them entertained on long stretches of highway, finding clean bathrooms en route, and buying something other than fast food for dinner are just a few of the challenges you might face when taking children on road trips.