Tennessee may toughen legal alcohol limit for "extreme drunken driving"

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A proposal to lower the blood alcohol content required for a person to be guilty of extreme drunken driving is among several DUI bills slowly moving in the Legislature.

The measure sponsored by Sen. Jack Johnson, a Brentwood Republican, unanimously passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

However, a House subcommittee has delayed action on the companion bill until next year.

Johnson says he plans to speak with the House sponsor to see if that status can change.

The bill would lower the threshold for an extreme driving under the influence offense from a blood alcohol content of 0.20 to 0.15, which would mean an additional five days of incarceration.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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