NASHVILLE, (April 19, 2016) – The Tennessee Senate passed major legislation sponsored by Senator Doug Overbey (R-Maryville) today to require those convicted of or who plead guilty to vehicular homicide by intoxication to be ineligible for probation.
The action was taken as the General Assembly prepares to adjourn the 2016 legislative session.
“What this bill is simply saying is, if you are convicted or plead guilty of vehicular homicide where alcohol or drugs are used, you are going to serve the sentence the judge imposes,” said Sen. Overbey. “Those who drink drive and kill should spend their entire sentence in jail for taking a life and for the pain caused to the victim’s loved ones.”
In 2015, 267 people died on Tennessee roadways from alcohol related deaths, accumulating 27.8 percent of all traffic fatalities that year.
Senate Bill 35 now awaits action in the House of Representatives before it goes to the governor for his signature.