TN lawmakers pass bill for more ignition interlocks
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A proposal to make Tennessee's ignition interlock law apply to more drunken drivers has cleared the Legislature.
The measure was unanimously approved 95-0 in the House on Tuesday before passing the Senate 31-0, sending it to the governor for consideration.
Currently, ignition-locking devices, which force drivers to pass breath tests to start vehicles and keep them running, are required for DUI offenders whose blood alcohol level topped 0.15%.
This bill drops the level to the intoxication threshold of 0.08% and would require first-time offenders to get the devices. In turn, those convicted of DUI won't get a restricted driver's license and will be allowed to drive anywhere.
The sponsors of the legislation are Republican Sen. Mae Beavers of Mt. Juliet and Republican Rep. Tony Shipley of Kingsport.
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