Tennessee works to minimize drunk driving

Drunk driving has been a problem since the automobile has been invented. For many years, the legislatures of states throughout the country have focused most of their efforts on lowering the legal blood-alcohol limit and increasing penalties. Although these efforts are laudable, they haven’t been particularly effective, as drunk driving continues to destroy lives every year in the United States.

It seems that Tennessee might have stumbled onto a better way. The state has approved a new bill that could do much more to prevent drunk driving accidents than anything the state has attempted yet.

A New Bill: Preventing DUI Offenders From Purchasing Alcohol

According to a recent report from Fox17.com, Tennessee Rep. Representative Bud Hulsey is drafting a bill that would prevent drunk driving offenders from purchasing alcohol. Upon conviction, an offender would have a clear indicator on his or her driver’s license and alcohol sellers would know not to sell that person alcohol.

An Intelligent Approach

Although it is imperfect, this is an intelligent approach.

Rather than lowering the legal blood-alcohol limit (which merely punishes the people who have had less to drink), this new bill focuses on keeping people from buying alcohol once they have been convicted of DUI charges, thus creating a deterrent and helping prevent repeat offenses.

Yet it Remains Imperfect

Like any legislative bill, it is imperfect.

One of the most obvious problems is that a law prohibiting someone from drinking will not necessarily prevent someone from drinking. If a child under 18 can find a way to get alcohol and drink underage, it is certain than a grown man or woman would have no problem obtaining alcohol.

Another problem is training. Will everyone selling alcohol in every venue really know to look for the indicators on drivers’ licenses? It is doubtful.

However, it is encouraging that someone is taking a new approach that has a chance to make lasting change and minimize drunk driving accidents. We will keep our eye out on this developing story to keep you informed.

In the meantime, if you have been hurt by a drunk driver, make sure you fight back by working with an experienced legal team you can trust.

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