Amid Tennessee budget concerns, Bredesen withdraws DUI bill

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Budget concerns have caused Gov. Phil Bredesen to withdraw a bill to immediately revoke licenses for anyone arrested on suspicion of drunken driving.

Bredesen, a Democrat, had chosen what is known as administrative license revocation from among several DUI proposals because he said it was considered by advocates to be among the most effective ways to combat drunken driving.

The measure would have also automatically withdrawn licenses for drivers who refuse to take roadside sobriety tests.

In a letter to lawmakers Bredesen said the budget crunch would make it impossible to pay for dozens of new administrators that would be needed under the bill.

Bredesen has announced that he will need to take the rare step of laying off state employees because of up to $585 million budget shortfall in the upcoming budget year.

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


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