TN House panel halts proposal to ban drinking in cars

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The latest effort to outlaw passengers from drinking alcohol in vehicles in Tennessee has failed.

The House State and Local Government Committee on Tuesday sent the bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Jon Lundberg of Bristol to be studied after the Generl Assembly adjourns.

The measure would have imposed penalties on drivers with open alcohol containers in their vehicles if they had a blood alcohol level of .01 percent or more. Opponents argued that standard is unfair because it is more stringent than the .08 legal blood-alcohol limit for drunken driving.

Democratic Rep. Ulysses Jones of Memphis said he was also concerned that that bill could have penalized drivers for the actions of their passengers.

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