Tennessee to see more DUI convictions

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Recent state and national changes to how evidence is collected in drunken-driving cases could mean as many as 3,000 more DUI convictions in Tennessee each year.

And that will mean safer roads, said the state's lead prosecutor who works on traffic and DUI training for the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

"More convictions, less fatalities," said Tom Kimball, traffic safety resource prosecutor for the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference.

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