New bill hopes to strengthen TN DUI laws - WSMV Channel 4

New bill hopes to strengthen TN DUI laws

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

The group Mothers Against Drunk Driving will head to the State Capitol on Monday to urge lawmakers to support a bill to strengthen driving under the influence laws.

The plan, which is sponsored by several lawmakers, would force convicted DUI offenders to have interlock systems installed in their cars. 

The device requires a driver to blow into a breathalyzer. If you are over the limit, the car won't start.

Supporters said the plan would help save lives.  According to MADD, 50 to 75 percent of convicted drunk drivers will keep driving on a suspended license.

"They have proven very successful in many of the states that have the .08 and above law. It has reduced fatal crashes. I believe I read the statistic is 33 percent," said TN Sen. Mae Beavers.

In 2011, nearly 10,000 people across the U.S. died in wrecks that involved alcohol, another 315,000 were hurt.

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