|Published: 9:46 AM, 07/08/2013
||Last updated: 9:47 AM, 07/08/2013
Author: Michael Thomason
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
MADISONVILLE-It's not a completely
new thing, but now it will be used in more cases, especially for
first-time DUI offenders.
On July 1, it became law in Tennessee
that first-time DUI offenders will have to install an ignition lock
on their car and if they blow anything above a 0.02, the car will not
"This isn't something that hasn't
been done before," Madisonville Police Chief Gregg Breeden said. "Ignition locks have been around for years. This just makes so you
have to have one from the first time you get convicted."
DUI is an offense that pops up
constantly in court and word hasn't come down yet who will supply
the locks or who will put them in.
"The offender will pay for as part of
court costs, just like everything else," Breeden said. "But with
as many DUI cases as you have, even in a small town area, it will be
a lot of work."
The intoxication level is set low, far
under the 0.08 legal limit, in order to try and curb second time
offenders. Tennessee Highway Patrol numbers show the largest number
of injury related or fatality wrecks are caused by drivers who have
at least one previous DUI conviction.
See full story in the Sunday, July 7, edition of The Advocate & Democrat.
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