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NEW LAW CALLING FOR VERTICAL TN. DRIVERS LICENSES FOR ONES UNDER 21

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A new law aims at cracking down on underage drinking. New legislation sponsored by State Senator Becky Massey and Rep. Bill Dunn of Knoxville requires Tennesseans under the age of 21 to be issued driver’s licenses printed in vertical format. Licenses will be printed vertically start in July 2018. Senator Massey says the legislation is intended to address underage drinking, which is responsible for more than 4,300 deaths among underage youth each year. She says last year 28 Tennesseans between the ages of 15 and 20 were in traffic fatalities with blood alcohol levels greater than .01 percent. The Tennessee Hospitality and Tourism Association pushed for the legislation, according to Massey. Thirty-three other states have similar laws. Currently in Tennessee, vertical driver’s licenses are available for identification cards and handgun carry permits.

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