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GOV. HASLAM PROPOSES PLAN TO SALVAGE STATE ROAD FUNDS

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Last week, Governor Bill Haslam stated that he was gathering a special session of the legislature in order to address an underage drunken driving law that would have cost Tennessee some $60 million in federal funds for roads. The law that went into effect in July effectively raised the penalties for driving under the influence for 18- through 20-year-olds. But the law clashed with federal zero-tolerance standards for underage drivers by raising the maximum allowable blood alcohol content from 0.02 percent to 0.08 percent.

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Haslam’s plan seeks to eliminate almost all of the new law’s requirements 0.02 percent rule and lesser penalties for all drivers beneath the drinking age.

 


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