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Tennessee lawmaker arrested for drunk driving with weapon

The awkward arrest of one Tennessee lawmaker earlier this week makes it clear that drunk driving is rampant in Nashville. Drunk drivers endanger the lives of everyone on Nashville area roads and frequently cause severe accidents. Representative Curry Todd was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly driving drunk with a loaded handgun. This arrest is especially ironic because the 63-year-old lawmaker is the chairman of the legislature's Firearms Task Force and recently campaigned for allowing concealed weapons in bars and restaurants that serve alcohol.

"Proponents of Tennessee's guns-allowed-in-bars law argue that gun-permit holders are responsible citizens," said a political activist who opposes the law. "They would never break the law by drinking in bars and restaurants while carrying their guns. Rep. Curry Todd just proved that this simple idea is wrong."

Authorities say that the lawmaker had trouble keeping his balance when he was stopped for speeding and swerving his vehicle. The lawmaker spent Wednesday night in jail and was charged with drunk driving and possession of a handgun while under the influence.

Drunk drivers are hazard to Nashville residents because they are less able to control their vehicles and more likely to engage in dangerous driving behavior such as speeding. Drunk drivers routinely cause severe accidents where an innocent motorist or passenger suffers catastrophic personal injuries while the drunk driver walks away unharmed.

It is important for Nashville residents who are injured by drunk drivers to contact competent drunk driving accident attorneys who will aggressively hold these negligent drivers accountable for their actions.

Source: ABC News, "Guns-in-Bars Advocate Busted for Alleged Drunken Driving With Loaded Gun," Chris Bury, Oct. 13, 2011

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