If you're a Tennessee family heading down the road today or tomorrow toward grandma's house just prior to Thanksgiving, what do you think the kids might see in the rearview mirror?
Cops galore will likely be part of the scenery, just as they are on roads all across the state every year around Turkey Day.
Their stated goal: to make life less than festive for stopped drivers they allege were driving with a blood alcohol level exceeding the legal threshold for drunk driving.
For obvious reasons, you don't want that to be, well, you.
Because the Tennessee penalties meted out to motorists convicted on DUI charges are severe. As we note on our criminal defense website at the Law Office of Sam Byrd in Chattanooga, exactions imposed on even a first-time offender "can include jail time and thousands of dollars in fines and fees."
That kind of outcome would spell for a memorable and never-to-be-repeated holiday, wouldn't it?
To be sure, state troopers and police officers in towns and cities across Tennessee are acutely focused daily on drivers they suspect might fare poorly on a breathalyzer result or field sobriety test.
In the days closely preceding a holiday, though, and for a day or two afterwards, they are even more fixated than usual on making DUI-related stops and obtaining criminal convictions for drunk driving.
We don't remotely want to see any such outcome for any of our readers, obviously, and wish everyone a safe and -- at least from a criminal law perspective -- uneventful motoring experience.