The lawmakers who want to make Tennessee drunk driving laws stricter might now all be able to classify themselves as football fans. At least they might say that they are fans of new Tennessee Titan Delanie Walker.
Before Tennessee officials decide that putting ignition interlock devices in all DUI offenders' vehicles, the public should have a more developed understanding of what interlock devices entail. They aren't machines that are simply popped in and out of a car. They aren't free. They aren't always reliable.
The NTSB recently studied what are some of the nation's most dangerous accidents: wrong-way crashes. Research shows that sort of accident is the most likely to be fatal. Also, wrong-way accidents are often the result of drunk drivers. Specifically, the NTSB reports that almost 70 percent of such accidents are DUI-related.
Several months ago, we discuss how an insurance group was advocating for wider use of ignition interlocks in DUI cases. Now federal officials have gotten involved in the issue, and are trying to entice states to adopt laws requiring even first-time drunk driving offenders to install ignition interlock devices in their vehicles.
There can be serious consequences, both legally and financially, if you are convicted of drunk driving in Tennessee. Whether you have been charged with your first DUI, or have had multiple Tennessee DUI offenses, it is important that you are aware of all the potential penalties you may face.
Your car already notifies you if you wear a seatbelt, but consider if your vehicle also monitored how much alcohol you consumed. The federal transportation bill in the Senate is calling for over $30 million in funds to be designated towards research for alcohol-sensing technology in cars over the next several years.
If you are convicted of DUI in Tennessee you may face several types penalties including fines, jail time and license revocation. An additional penalty you may face is having an ignition interlock installed in your vehicle.