Summers, Rufolo & Rodgers
Call For A Free Consultation
423-933-2738
View Our Practice Areas

Feds hope strict DUI punishment will spread nationwide

The opportunity to drive means different things to different people. For a teenager, it is a new sense of freedom and independence. For a mother, it is a way to get her kids (and herself) out of the house and to the store for the third gallon of milk for the week. For many Tennesseans, a license is necessary to earn a living and support a family.

Contemplating the value of one's ability to drive is important when discussing drunk driving laws in this state and country overall. Tennessee DUI laws are already relatively strict, in one aspect in particular. And now, if the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has its way, the entire country will enforce harsher consequences as in Tennessee.

Most commonly, people think of DUI convictions and how a person might pay a fine and temporarily lose his or her driving privileges. That sort of sentencing is significant in most drivers' lives, but there is more to worry about. Tennessee is even hard on someone convicted of a first DUI offense.

Anyone convicted of DUI in Tennessee will be required to have an ignition interlock device installed in their vehicles in order to drive again. The NHTSA released its informal suggestion that all states should fall in line with laws like in Tennessee and the 17 other states that require the interlock devices for all convicted DWI offenders.

Will the strict sentencing spread? As we just mentioned, various other states require the breath test devices for any DUI offender. Often, changes in sentencing depend on financial matters but also how the laws are working in other states. What do you think about ignition interlock devices. Has the stricter law made for a safer Tennessee?

Source: The Car Connection, "NHTSA: Ignition Interlocks Should Be Required For All Drunk Drivers, Even First-Timers," Richard Read, Dec. 18, 2013

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For A Response

Free Consultation

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Summers, Rufolo & Rodgers
735 Broad Street, Suite 800
The James Building
Chattanooga, TN 37402-2913

Toll Free: 888-778-6575
Phone: 423-933-2738
Fax: 423-266-5211
Chattanooga Law Office Map

Review Us
735 Broad Street, Suite 800