Tennessee's all-offender ignition interlock law went into effect in 2013. This move, coupled with the use of no-refusal enforcement activities, has helped reduce drunk driving deaths by 12 percent. MADD encourages state lawmakers to further improve the state's DUI law by utilizing administrative license revocation to help deter drunk drivers. Find out more about Tennessee's ignition interlock law

Drunk Driving:

252 representing 26% of all total traffic deaths, a 7.7% decrease from last year.


For more information on statistics, please contact MADD's Government Affairs department at policy@madd.org.

Underage Drinking:



14.50% people

105,000 people

SAMHSA Report to Congress on The Prevention and Reduction of Underage Drinking, May 2011
NOTE: Binge Alcohol Use is defined as drinking five or more drinks on the same occasion (i.e., at the same time or within a couple hours of each other) on at least 1 day in the past 30 days.


Vehicular Homicide
Statutes providing for penalties to be brought against a drunk driver who kills another person through the operation of a motor vehicle, either intentionally or negligently.

Sobriety Checkpoints
Sobriety checkpoints are an enforcement program that allows officers to stop all or predetermined vehicles to check for sobriety of the drivers.

Primary Belt Law
Statutes which allow for law enforcement to issue a fine or citation on the sole grounds of a vehicle occupant not wearing a safety belt

Mandatory Alcohol Assessment/Treatment
Law that mandates all convicted DUI/DWI offenders undergo an assessment of alcohol abuse problems and participate in required treatment program.

Interlocks for First Time Convicted DUI Offenders
Statutes that require or highly incentivize the use of Interlocks for all first time convicted DUI offenders

Ignition Interlocks
Statutes which allow for a judge or administrative agency to order a convicted drunk driver to operate a vehicle equipped with an ignition interlock device for a period of time following a conviction for drunk driving

DUI Felony
Law that makes DUI/DWI a felony offense based on the number of prior convictions.

DUI Child Endangerment
Statutes which allow for additional penalties for a drunk driving conviction with a child passenger in a vehicle

Dram Shop
Laws allowing liability of establishments arising out of the sale of alcohol to obviously intoxicated persons or minors who subsequently cause death or injury to third-parties as a result of alcohol-related crashes.

.08 Per Se Law
Law that makes it illegal to operate a motor vehicle at or above .08 Blood Alcohol Concentration.

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By participating, you will help pass legislation to keep our roads safe from drunk driving and to prevent underage drinking. 

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The Knoxville Adult VIP originally scheduled for Monday, January 9, 2017, has been RESCHEDULED to Monday, January 23, 2017, due to a scheduling conflict. (posted January 3, 2017)
The Knoxville Juvenile VIP scheduled for Monday, January 9, 2017, has been CANCELLED due to inclement weather. (posted January 8, 2017)

The Knoxville Adult VIP originally scheduled for Tuesday, June 6, 2017, has been RESCHEDULED to Monday, June 5, 2017, due to a scheduling error. (posted February 17, 2017)

The Clarksville VIP originally scheduled for Friday, June 16, 2017, has been RESCHEDULED to Wednesday, July 26, 2017, due to a scheduling error. (posted January 6, 2017)

The Knoxville Adult VIP originally scheduled for Monday July 10, 2017, has been RESCHEDULED to Monday, July 17, 2017, due to a scheduling error. (posted February 17, 2017)

The Knoxville Adult VIP originally scheduled for Monday, September 4, 2017, has been RESCHEDULED to Monday, September 18, 2017, due to the Labor Day holiday. (posted February 17, 2017)