DAs Support New Approach for Chronic DUI Offenders

Tennessee continues to be plagued by repeat drunken drivers, and now, the state's district attorneys have a new idea for dealing with dangerous offenders, WSMV reports. Prosecutors in the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference say they want to attack the problem by getting chronic offenders into a intensive, strict treatment program rather than a cycle of repeat jail sentences. The proposal, which has been drafted into legislation, would include alcohol consumption meters as well as interlocks on offenders’ vehicles so they can get to work and stay employed. The DAs says the bottom line is that graduates from similar programs end up with a recidivism rate of only 10 percent.