A new bill in Tennessee would ban alcohol sales to any person convicted of repeated DUI offenses.
The bill was introduced in the Tennessee State Legislature recently, and prohibits the sale of alcohol to any person, who has three DUI convictions on his record. According to the sponsors of the bill, people who are convicted three times or more for DUI typically have a serious drinking problem. Therefore, the only way to prevent further DUI arrests would be to ban alcohol sales to these persons altogether. The bill has strong bipartisan support in the Tennessee Assembly, and has a good chance of passing.
The exact technicalities of the bill are not clear. For example, it is not clear exactly how the bill will ban alcohol sales to a person with multiple DUI connections. Also, it is not clear, how the bill would act to prevent family members or friends from buying alcohol for a person with multiple convictions. Offenders in many cases will simply be able to get around the problem by asking someone else to buy the alcohol for them.
The bill’s sponsors however, are betting on the possibility that friends and relatives of a person with a chronic drinking problem, will refuse to buy him the alcohol. In fact, the bill’s sponsors believe that that in spite of all of these complications, the bill will help to reduce the number of drunk drivers in Tennessee.
Repeat drunk driving is attached to stringent penalties in the state of California. According to Mothers against Drunk Driving, the average intoxicated motorist has driven under the alcohol at least 80 times before his first arrest. If you were arrested for a repeat DUI, call a DUI lawyer immediately. These convictions have tough penalties attached, including a prison term and fines.