New TN laws to crackdown on drunk driving, immigration
NASHVILLE, TN. (AP) - Drivers who get behind the wheel after having too much to drink, and individuals who can't prove they're in the country legally, face tougher consequences in Tennessee with the start of the new year.
Up until midnight Saturday, drivers could get a second DUI conviction and still avoid having a device attached to their car that requires them to prove they're sober before the vehicle will start.
But under a new law, first-time offenders convicted of having a blood alcohol level of at least 0.15 will be required to have ignition interlock devices installed on their vehicles.
The other measure taking effect New Year's Day targets illegal immigration. It requires jailers to report individuals who don't have legal documentation to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Homeland Security Department.
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