Retired Cop Drafts Bill To Ban Alcohol Sales To DUI Offenders

A retired cop has proposed a bill to stop liquor sales to DUI offenders.

​Nashville, TN – A Tennessee state representative is drafting a bill aimed at preventing the sale of alcohol to DUI offenders, in an effort to reduce incidences of drunk driving.

Kingsport Republican Representative Bud Hulsey, a retired 36-year veteran of the Kingsport Police Department, said that the proposed bill would prohibit merchants from selling alcohol to convicted DUI offenders, commensurate with the number of DUI offenses the offenders have committed, WZTV reported.

"We've gotta do something that has some effect," Hulsey said. "People who lose people in DUI crashes never get over it. People who are maimed never get over it."

Under current Tennessee law, drivers convicted of a first-offense DUI lose the privilege to drive for a period of one year.

The new bill would further penalize offenders by requiring a modification to their driver’s licenses after the driving suspension term expires, Hulsey explained.

The newly-issued licenses would be emblazoned with a red stripe to indicate that the driver was not allowed to purchase alcohol.

First offenders would have the red stripe for one year beyond the date of license reinstatement.

Second-offense DUI convicts would lose driving privileges for two years, and in the event of a third DUI conviction, the red stripe would remain on the driver’s license forever, prohibiting merchants from selling alcohol to the license holder for life.

In the event of a third DUI conviction, the red stripe on the driver’s license would prohibit merchants from selling alcohol to the holder for life.

While the DUI offenders would be penalized by not being able to purchase alcohol, any violation of the actual law would be committed by the merchant. The seller would face a misdemeanor offense, subject to a maximum of five months and 29 days of incarceration, plus a fine.

“Some people are claiming this is a prohibition bill,” Hulsey said. “It’s not about the sale of alcohol. This is about selling to an offender.”

Although the bill would ban the sale of alcohol to DUI offenders, Hulsey recognizes that it will not stop them from being able to access it.

"The offender isn't banned from drinking," Hulsey explained. "That's why it's not a prohibition bill. If a family member or someone wants to give them alcohol, they can still drink it. It's a loophole in the bill that can't be plugged up. It's not illegal for the offender to drink."

Hulsey said that the estimated $15 license modification cost would be passed on to the offender.

Next, Hulsey wants to focus his attention on stopping people who drive while under the influence of prescription drugs.

"I gotta find a way to deal with that," Hulsey said. "There are more people driving impaired now than those driving drunk. I'm asking my constituents and others for their feedback on how we can stop that problem as well."

According to WATE, Hulsey said he was looking for someone to sponsor the alcohol sales bill, which he hoped to introduce during the week of Jan. 15.

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Sickandtired
Sickandtired

Minnesota has a thing we call "whisky" plates. They are a black and white licence plate that starts with a W. A repeat DUI offender is issued these plates and with them the police can stop them at any time for no reason just to check if they are sober. That makes more sense than this stupid proposed law.

K8smate
K8smate

I think the bill as described is incomplete. For it to work it must also include mandatory ID check for ALL alcohol sales regardless of the physical appearance of the person clearly showing they are over 21. While I agree it won't stop someone from gaining access to alcohol, but it will make it harder and should someone be convicted of a subsequent DUI when they are prohibited from buying alcohol, the bill could include a provision to penalize the person who was the 'straw purchaser' if they can be identified.

But even if you disagree with the above, the license would certainly be a good thing for the police to identify someone they stop a bit more closely for potential DUI when they are unsure whether the person is under the influence. For that reason I would suggest another provision that while holding a DUI restricted license a person is subject to field sobriety tests whenever lawfully stopped for any traffic violation, and detection of ANY alcohol in their system would constitute DUI, with perhaps a very small exception equal to half the current standard.

Driving is a privilege not a right. Anything that can take repeat DUI offenders off the road, or restrict their ability to drive under the influence is justified as long as it does not otherwise affect their rights. This is no different than making it illegal for a convicted felon to buy a gun. Both have criminal histories that affect future rights.

DeafGuy
DeafGuy

That would mean that everyone wanting to buy booze would have to be "carded" by law. I've been fifteen years sober but I've never seen anyone in line at the convenience stores, get carded if they looked old enough. So... if nobody asks for the ID then what's the red stripe really going to do to keep them from buying it?

cmotes
cmotes

yea that will work lets ban cars for them also take there gun to

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301 you know what hasn't been tried but might work? The government treating alcoholism as a disease.

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