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Lax drunken-driving laws cost TN again

Tennessean -- Two-thirds of the states could be restricted in how they spend some federal highway funds this year because they haven’t complied with mandates to combat drunken driving.

A combined $539 million would have to be spent on anti-drunken-driving programs or highway safety improvements instead of on general road and bridge construction in those states.

That’s the penalty for not having sufficient laws to restrict open alcohol containers in vehicles or to crack down on repeat drunken-driving offenders.

19 states — including Tennessee — were already subject to the penalty before this year, and 14 more are having funds held in reserve while the Federal Highway Administration completes its assessment of their laws.

don’t have an open container law that complies, we’re penalized road constructio


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honda0105
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Message Posted: Feb 6, 2013 4:54:55 AM

thanks for posting that list DD2.
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 12:51:25 AM

Thank you for submitting, DellDude2.
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Message Posted: Feb 3, 2013 11:12:03 PM

ok
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LetemEatCake
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Thanks for posting the list Dude! I had no idea OK was on the recently non-compliant list based upon the media coverage and the number of road-blocks we have.

Good to know!
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jethro5000
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Message Posted: Feb 3, 2013 3:05:07 PM

Wow, it cost them yesterday too!!
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DellDude2
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It's not just Tennessee --

States not complying with U.S. rules to combat drunken driving, and the amount of this year's federal highway funds that must be diverted to safety programs:

California: $70.5 million

Louisiana: $30.8 million

Ohio: $27.6 million

Virginia: $21.4 million

Alaska: $21.1 million

Missouri: $20.6 million

Tennessee: $18 million

Washington: $14.2 million

Minnesota: $13.8 million

Arkansas: $11.3 million

Wyoming: $10.95 million

Oregon: $10.7 million

Mississippi: $10.6 million

Connecticut: $10.15 million

West Virginia: $9.4 million

Montana: $8.8 million

Rhode Island: $4.6 million

Vermont: $4.2 million

Delaware: $3.5 million

States recently informed they're not complying with federal rules to combat drunken driving, and the amount of this year's federal highway funds that could be diverted to safety programs after the review process is complete:

North Carolina: $44.1 million

Indiana: $40.4 million

Maryland: $24.1 million

New Mexico: $15.9 million

Arizona: $15.1 million

Oklahoma: $13.9 million

South Dakota: $12 million

Iowa: $10.5 million

Nevada: $7.3 million

Hawaii: $7 million

Utah: $6.9 million

Nebraska: $6.2 million

Idaho: $6.1 million

Maine: $3.9 million

(Source: USA Today)
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Message Posted: Feb 3, 2013 8:08:52 AM

shame
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Message Posted: Feb 3, 2013 3:24:59 AM

If they are too drunk to drive, you tie one end of a long rope around the rear axle & the other end to an oak tree! That will keep them off the highway! PROBLEM SOLVED !!!
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Are the Feds over-stepping their authority here?
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raise first time offenders fines big time, yank license and triple the already high fine the second time, serious rehab or jail time the third time with ankle monitor
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ShaaaaZzzamm...
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What does this have to do with gas prices?
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silverfoxv65
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 11:32:15 PM

Laws, laws, laws, lets have some more.
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 11:30:02 PM

lETS GET REALLY TOUGH ON dui'S!
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crreed1
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 11:28:21 PM

they are drunks
thats why we can't any thing done
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10k
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 11:20:42 PM

how bout if the virginia and maryland highway patrol circle washington on the beltway, and pull every car, errr-limo, with a government tag-betcha 3 outta every 4 elected official will blow over 0.08..

i'm just as against drunk drivers as the next person is, but when lawmakers who can drink us under the table, get away with it, what part of "duhhhhh" do y'all not understand..
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 11:18:32 PM

What's Tennessee's problem. Is every other legislative initiative more important?
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fourdezzzz
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 11:17:03 PM

Lets keep the drunk drivers off road for their own good!
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 11:16:55 PM

There needs to be stricter enforcement of drunk driving laws.
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 11:16:28 PM

Is anyone surprised this is in Tennessee?
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Fix the roads.
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get your act together
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 11:15:36 PM

All this because irresponsible people are causing problems. Failure of home environment, lack of parenting, dangers of alcohol should be stressed in schools but it is legal to drink. Where do we start? Throwing money at the problem is a waste?
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 11:13:02 PM

More federal control.
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 11:12:46 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 11:10:59 PM

Agree with cutter1330
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 11:10:44 PM

up here, out West, lots of people got their " fine monies" returned ( though i gotta say i just read the headline, not the full story so i cant state the reason, my apologies).
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 11:10:22 PM

laws don't stop it
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 11:09:57 PM

what a waste!
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 11:09:30 PM

Where do we get the idea that spending money will fix something?
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Must be more to the story.
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 11:06:26 PM

Good reason to stay off the roads there.
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 11:05:12 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 11:04:52 PM

worst
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 11:03:06 PM

Ok.
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 11:02:22 PM

Old news.
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 11:01:40 PM

Old news
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jrsva
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 11:00:08 PM

“Bah .... bureaucracy!!”

And exactly what is your suggestion to curb DUI, Bear? Get the gummint off our backs and just let those drunks run people down willy-nilly, like the guy in Georgia (other Newsville posting today)? Sorry, I’ll accept a little bureaucracy here.

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More bungling
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 10:58:15 PM

Take the allocation away completely and reallocated it to other states.
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A shame
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 10:57:39 PM

The federal government has to do what's necessary to force legislatures to comply.
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 10:56:58 PM

Pass another law, that'll fix everything.
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 10:56:53 PM

Ok
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 10:51:49 PM

We have a great responsibility in driving, and we should respect that. I hope "smart" cars will keep us from driving if we do not follow the rules.
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 10:50:53 PM

Restrict the federal government now.
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 10:49:38 PM

Extortion for federal dollars. Nothing new but it's still very wrong.

Judging state laws for compliance to the federal storyline.

I am adamantly against drunk driving but this is not the way to go about it.
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 10:48:16 PM

they need to fix this
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Never?
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ok
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 10:42:46 PM

Well that stinks
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