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Alcohol Monitor Usage Increasing for Repeat DUI Offenders in Tennessee

By admin on January 27, 2014

The Associated Press recently reported about the use of bracelets that detect the presence of alcohol in the wearer’s system to prevent DUI (driving under the influence) offenders from committing repeat offenses. The article gives the example of 61-year-old Robert Livingston who had tried to quit on his own for four years before his arrest in April 2012 on his fourth DUI. The man says he has been sober since his arrest, thanks to the electronic bracelet that is a constant reminder of what will happen if he takes a drink.

These are monitors are designed to track the detail progress of a wearer. They can almost instantly detect alcohol and can be programmed to set out exact permissible routes of travel. Monitor managers can electronically rope off areas such as bars to track whether the wearer of the bracelet visited those locations. A 1995 study by the Transportation Research Board showed that as many as 75 percent of convicted drunk drivers continued to drive on suspended licenses. About one-third of drivers arrested or convicted of drunk driving were repeat offenders. Read the rest »

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Knoxville Man Faces Eighth DUI Charge

By admin on January 7, 2014

A 67-year-old Knoxville man was recently arrested on suspicion of a number of charges including his eighth for driving under the influence (DUI). According to a news report in The Greeneville Sun, he was arrested in Greeneville. In addition to DUI, he faces charges for his sixth offense of driving on a revoked license, felony possession of Schedule II drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest, and speeding.

First-time DUI offenders in Tennessee face harsh penalties, but repeat offenders often face life-changing consequences.

  • First DUI Offense: Penalties include between 48 hours and 11 months and 29 days of jail time, a fine of up to $1,500, mandatory DUI school, and driver’s license suspension for one year.
  • Second DUI Offense: A repeat offense can result in up to 11 months and 29 days in jail, a fine of up to $3,500, DUI school, two-year driver’s license revocation, and the installation of an ignition interlock device. Some repeat offenders could face mandatory community service and vehicle forfeiture as well. Read the rest »

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