New bill adds 'drug driving' to DUI laws

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Posted at 8:53 PM, Feb 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-26 21:53:35-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A bill introduced in state legislature would reform DUI laws, calling them drug driving laws.

About 30 people die in the U.S. from drunk-driving crashes every day, but Tennessee lawmakers say it's time the Volunteer State stops adding to those statistics.

They announced new legislation Tuesday that would include illegal drugs.

People who drive under the influence of substances such as meth or opioids without a prescription could be charged with a DUI.

Penalties would also be doubled in a school zone.