Tennessee Alcohol and Crime Briefs

June 2013

  • Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signed into law SB0670, which will require all first time drunk driving offenders with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or greater to use ignition interlocks on their vehicles. With the passage of this law, Tennessee becomes the 18th state to pass such legislation.
  • The new law, which is effective July 1, 2013, requires that an in-vehicle camera be installed with every ignition interlock device. This advanced technology will snap a photograph each time the breathalyzer is activated. The camera will discourage violators from blowing for a drunk driver. Both Representative Tony Shipley and Senator Mae Beavers championed the legislation that received unanimous votes of support in both the House and the Senate.

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