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Alcohol Monitor Usage Increasing for Repeat DUI Offenders in Tennessee

January 27, 2014

The Associated Press recently reported about the use of bracelets that detect the presence of alcohol in the wearer’s system to prevent DUI (driving under the influence) offenders from committing repeat offenses. The article gives the example of 61-year-old Robert Livingston who had tried to quit on his own for four years before his arrest in April 2012 on his fourth DUI. The man says he has been sober since his arrest, thanks to the electronic bracelet that is a constant reminder of what will happen if he takes a drink.

These are monitors are designed to track the detail progress of a wearer. They can almost instantly detect alcohol and can be programmed to set out exact permissible routes of travel. Monitor managers can electronically rope off areas such as bars to track whether the wearer of the bracelet visited those locations. A 1995 study by the Transportation Research Board showed that as many as 75 percent of convicted drunk drivers continued to drive on suspended licenses. About one-third of drivers arrested or convicted of drunk driving were repeat offenders.

Alcohol monitors may become a more common repercussion for those who have been accused of drunk driving. While these devices are meant to prevent further dangerous actions on the road, they may unfairly limit what a defendant may be able to do in everyday life. Understanding the consequences of a DUI conviction, legal alternatives, and whether agreeing to wear a monitor can reduce potential penalties are all part of finding success in a DUI defense.

The consequences of even a first-time DUI in Tennessee can be extremely severe. Repercussions may include jail time, hefty fines, job loss, and auto insurance premium hikes. If you or a loved one has been arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, please contact an experienced Tennessee DUI defense lawyer to better understand your rights and options.