Tennessee Supreme Court makes it easier to arrest, convict drunk drivers
The Tennessee Supreme Court has ruled on two separate cases that could make it easier for people who are driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol to be arrested and convicted.
At issue was whether police have the right to pull people over if their vehicles drift out of the traffic lane and cross roadway markings, even if it is ever so slightly.
The court ruled Thursday on two cases involving DUI arrests that came after motorists crossed roadway markings. The drivers had argued their arrests were unconstitutional because police had no right to pull them over in the first place.
The state’s highest court, however, said police stops for crossing roadway markings are constitutional.