Bill Would Allow DUI Offenders to Drive on Restricted Licenses

Mar 11, 2013

Rep. William Lamberth, R-Cottontown

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A bill that would put some DUI offenders back behind the wheel will get its first hearing in the Tennessee House of Representatives Tuesday.

House bill 353 is supported by the Tennessee chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving. The bill would allow some DUI offenders to drive on a restricted license, but only after a breathalyzer-interlock device has been installed on the offender’s car.

MADD’s Tennessee Director, Flint Klaus, says that in many cases, suspending a drunk driver’s license just doesn’t work.

“With a suspended license, people still drive, whereas an interlock will stop people from driving if they’ve been drinking.”

One of the bill’s co-sponsors is Republican Rep. William Lamberth of Sumner County. A former prosecutor, Lamberth says offenders will still be serving jail time.

“Once they’re released from jail, I think everybody agrees it’s best to get these people back to work, get them back into an employment situation where they can start paying off their fines and fees, and that those fines and fees don’t hang around their and their family’s necks for years to come.”

Lamberth serves on the House Criminal Justice Sub-Committee where the bill will get its first reading Tuesday.