Governor Haslam works to fix DUI laws - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Governor Haslam works to fix DUI laws

(Source: WMC Action News 5) (Source: WMC Action News 5)

A special session has been called to fix a DUI law that could cost the state $60 million.

Governor Haslam's administration plans to file a bill that would roll back most provisions in the new law. The changes will make it compliant with federal standards involving DUI’s for young drivers.

The funding is in jeopardy because of a bill passed earlier this year that was designed to toughen DUI penalties for young adult drivers. 

Part of the legislation, however, raised the minimum standard for blood alcohol content for drivers aged 18 to 20 to the same standard as older adults:  .08 percent. 

Under federal guidelines, the maximum allowable blood alcohol content for anyone under the age of 21 is .02%. Tennessee now stands to lose almost 10% of its federal road funding from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration if the state is not in compliance by October 1.

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