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New Tennessee ID to Help Curb Underage Drinking

Let’s be honest, all of us did dumb things during our teenage years. Many times, I  bet alcohol played a part in one way or another.

As we wrote about in an earlier post, a drunk driver destroys lives - lives of the accused, his or her family and anyone unlucky enough to be involved in an accident with an impaired driver.  Preventing people from driving under the influence is a monumental task, so any changes in the law are always welcome.

New Tennessee ID

Beginning in July 2018, a new law in the State of Tennessee will call for an individual under the age of 21 to have their driver’s license printed vertically. Printing the license vertically will allow merchants to easily identify when a person is under 21. These new licenses will be like the handgun permits shown (image: Clarksville Online), which are currently in effect in Tennessee.

In addition to vertical printing, the new licenses will also have a red line around the photo that reads, “Not 21 Until……,” where it will specify the individual’s legal date.

This law was proposed by State Sen. Becky Massey and Rep. Bill Dunn of Knoxville. Sen. Massey spoke on the effects of underage drinking, stating that it contributed to over 4,300 deaths every year. In 2016 alone, there were 28 fatalities in Tennessee alone that involved alcohol and teens.  

Underage drinking is a problem that must be fought from both a criminal and civil side of the law. There are no easy ways to address the situation, but this is a step in the right direction to help busy cashiers and merchants from making a potentially deadly mistake in selling alcohol to a minor.

If you have been injured by a drunk or impaired driver The Chiozza Law Firm – Your901Law – can help you recover from any damages or injuries you may sustain. The Chiozza Law Firm has handled thousands of automobile, bus and motorcycle accident cases through the years, achieving substantial settlements and verdicts. We are a firm that you can trust, as evidenced by our reasonable fee arrangements and past history.


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Posted by Brian Chiozza at 8:53 AM
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