Substance abuse is one of the most common causes of car accidents in Nashville and greater Tennessee. Drivers who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs often cause serious car accidents that result in personal injuries and even wrongful death.
High school students in a small town outside of Knoxville may have been placed at risk by an intoxicated driver on Friday. The driver of a Nissan was stopped and arrested while dropping of a student at Cherokee High School. The driver admitted to taking oxycodone earlier in the morning and failed a field sobriety test.
The Kingsport Times-News reports that the Hawkins County Central dispatch received calls about a silver Nissan driving erratically on Morristown roadways. A sheriff's deputy who is also the high school's school safety officer observed the Nissan waving in the school's parking lot at approximately 8 a.m.
The deputy also observed a high school student open the rear door of the car and attempt to get out. The Nissan started driving forward while the student was still halfway inside, The Kingsport Times-News reports.
Although no one was reportedly injured by the driver, pedestrians and drivers are always under a great risk of personal injury when a car is driven by a person under the influence of drugs. Drug use may cause a driver to engage in risky driving behavior that leads to accidents such as speeding, disobeying traffic signals, or, as in this case, driving while passengers are not fully secured in the car.
Source: The Kingsport Times-News, "Man charged with DUI while dropping student off at school," Jeff Bobo, 4/5/11