Senator Mark Norris
9A Legislative Plaza,
Nashville, Tennessee 37243-0232
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June 30, 2016
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Senator Norris’ column appeared in the Tennessean this week. Click here for the full editorial.
Department of Veterans Services acquires land for West Tennessee Veterans Home
Major new laws to address drunk driving in Tennessee to become effective on Friday, July 1st
Legislation sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) to be enacted on Friday also addresses the issue of multiple offenders. Upon arrest for a DUI, vehicular assault, vehicular homicide or aggravated vehicular homicide, fingerprints must be taken of the offender and submitted to the TBI within five days. If the offender is convicted of the offense, the fingerprints must be submitted to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) within seven days.
The measure stems from a tragic crash in Mississippi involving the deaths of two Shelby County students by a driver who carried five convictions of first offense DUI and was out on bond for his sixth DUI. Records reveal three counties and one municipality in Mississippi failed to inform the Mississippi Department of Public Safety about the convictions so it could be logged into the NCIC database, which is accessible by law enforcement officers in their squad cars to check the criminal backgrounds of arrestees.
“This tragedy brought to our attention, as well as Mississippi’s, the need to have the appropriate records logged in and available so that multiple DUI offenders do not fall through the cracks and are accountable to the fullest extent of the law,” said Leader Norris. “These drivers pose a serious threat to public safety.”
A separate measure sponsored by Norris that becomes effective on Friday requires a criminal history background search upon arrest to determine prior arrests for DUI vehicular assault, vehicular homicide and aggravated vehicular homicide.