New laws ready to go into effect on Jan. 1

New laws ready to go into effect on Jan. 1

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was Rep. Ryan Haynes is co-sponsor of the new law that requires jailers to verify the citizenship of everyone in jail. was Rep. Ryan Haynes is co-sponsor of the new law that requires jailers to verify the citizenship of everyone in jail.

By HARLOW SUMERFORD
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Starting January 1, Tennessee will adopt what some lawmakers consider the toughest driving-under-the-influence laws in the country.

Drink and drive, and you may have to install an ignition interlock device in your car.

"Once this law goes into effect, if you get a DUI on your first offense and your blood alcohol is twice the legal limit, you will be forced to have an ignition interlock system installed on your car that you will have to breathe into for your car to even start," said Rep. Ryan Haynes (R-Knoxville).

Haynes said the cost of the device is roughly $130 per month and the offender will likely be required to pay for it.

He was co-sponsor of another new law that takes effect on January 1. Jailers will now be required to verify the citizenship of everyone in jail.

Inmates thought to be in the U.S. illegally will be reported.

"They are required to send that information to the Department of Homeland Security to try and verify the citizenship of the individual," said Haynes. "This is an effort to combat illegal immigration and some of the problems with that."

One new law Haynes did not support, called Katie Beth's Law, also become effective on Jan. 1. It is named after a 17-month-old girl who drowned in a swimming pool. The law requires newly installed pools to have an alarm system.

"I feel like it could open pool owners up to liability," Rep. Haynes said. "If, for instance, their alarm wasn't working properly, the batteries were dead and someone fell into the pool and were injured they could be held liable. That is why I did not support that. I felt that was one more instance where we were going a step too far."

 


 

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