Restructured DUI Law Takes Effect Next Week

When new DUI laws take effect next week, a driver’s refusal to submit to a blood test when an officer has valid suspicion of intoxication will be virtually meaningless, the Johnson City Press reports. Tennessee’s DUI law now allows forced blood draws for blood alcohol tests in any situation if a search warrant is obtained. It also increases punishment for those convicted of a DUI if a child under age 18 is in the vehicle at the time of the offense.