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MADD, Beavers joining for life-saving legislation
Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is joining with Tennessee lawmakers, including Senator Mae Beavers (R-Mt. Juliet), to call for advancement of key legislation to stop drunk driving. House Bill 353 and Senate Bill 670 require the use of ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers.  Other sponsors of the bill are Representatives Tony Shipley (R-Kingsport), William Lamberth (R-Cottontown)  and Terri Lynn Weaver (R-Lancaster); and Senators Ferrell Haile (R-Gallatin), Mike Bell (R-Riceville), Stacey Campfield (R-Knoxville) and Todd Gardenhire (R-Chattanooga). 

“Research shows that ignition interlock devices are one of the most effective ways to keep drunk drivers from continuing to drive drunk,” said Senator Beavers.    “Unfortunately, they’re significantly underused across the state.  Passage of legislation to require use of these devices will greatly help in our efforts to get drunk drivers off our roads.”

“MADD urges the legislature to advance this lifesaving legislation because requiring convicted drunk drivers to use ignition interlocks has been proven to reduce drunk driving, save lives and prevent injuries,” said Jan Withers, MADD National President.

Currently, 17 states require interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers. Ignition interlocks are critical to eliminating drunk driving, as 50 to 75 percent of convicted drunk drivers will continue to drive on a suspended license.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), requiring interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers saves lives and is effective in reducing drunk driving recidivism by 67 percent. States that are enforcing all-offender ignition interlock laws, such as Arizona, Oregon, New Mexico and Louisiana have cut DUI deaths by over 30 percent, largely due to comprehensive interlock laws requiring all drunk drivers receive the device.  

In December, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and AAA came out in support of requiring ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers.  The NTSB’s recommendations follow the July 2012 enactment of Surface Transportation Reauthorization legislation, known as MAP–21, which includes a number of drunk driving reforms, including providing incentive grants to states that adopt all-offender ignition interlock laws.

Liquor store rules finalized
Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Wednesday was the first day of applications for a liquor store after the regulations were approved at the Monday Board of Commissioners meeting. 

Gun confiscated at West Wilson Middle
Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Wilson County schools alerted parents that a small-caliber handgun was confiscated without incident Monday afternoon at West Wilson Middle School. 

The school resource officer was tipped off by a student that a 14-year-old student had a handgun in their locker. The handgun was confiscated without incident. 

The student will not be allowed to return to the school.  

MJ woman killed in wreck on I-40
Tuesday, February 12, 2013

A Mt. Juliet woman was killed early Sunday in a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 40 near mile marker 235.

The accident occurred at approximately 3 a.m., in the westbound lane, said Lebanon Police Chief Scott Bowen.

The victim was identified as Megan Carter, 26, of Mt. Juliet, a passenger.

Bowen said once officers arrived on the scene, they discovered that Carter had been ejected from the vehicle and was deceased. “Police believe that Carter was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash,” he said.

The driver and another passenger were treated at the scene for their injuries and released.

“Police believe that speed and alcohol were contributing factors to the crash,” Bowen said, adding it is being investigated by Field Training Officer Steve Green of the Lebanon Police Department’s Crash Reconstruction Team.

Recent MJHS graduate passes away after being struck by car
Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Former Mt. Juliet resident Timothy Martin, a freshman at MTSU, was killed in Murfreesboro, Tuesday, Feb. 5 while trying to cross the street with his bike. 

According to The Daily News-Journal, he was trying to cross Rutherford Boulevard when he was hit by a car driven by 22-year-old Benjamin Conley. 

Martin was transported to Middle Tennessee Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. 

The Daily News-Journal also reported that the crash is still under investigation, “however charges against the driver are not anticipated at this point.”

Martin was a 2011 graduate of Mt. Juliet High School, and served in the TN National Guard, 1176th Transportation Company out of Tullahoma that was recently relocated to Smyrna.

Services were held Saturday at Bond Memorial Chapel. 

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