There are two kinds of restricted licenses that you can get in Tennessee. One type is what I refer to as the “Geographical Restricted License.” That’s the one we initially started dealing with when we started dealing with restricted licenses. They do limit where you can drive to and from. It is work, it is school, and it is probation meetings.
There is another one regarding if you are receiving substance abuse treatment kind of obligations, you can drive to and from that. Then they restrict you between certain days and certain times of the week to drive.
What we have recently seen was a tool of alcolock devices. Alcolock delivers a quality breath alcohol ignition interlock devices (BAIID). That is a device that is installed on your ignition as a personal breath tester. Similar to a breathalyzer, if you blow into it can detect alcohol. If it detects alcohol, it will lock up your car so you can’t start it.
As long as your car is not locked, you can drive anywhere, anytime, day or night. There are no restrictions for work, school, or anything else. There’s an added expense to that. It’s about $100 a month to get that interlock device installed, and you have to go back and get it checked out every so often.
The chief one is the first one, but it limits where you can go. The more expensive one is the second one, but there are no limitations of where you can drive or when you can drive, because of the fact that you get to blow in it and it doesn’t lock the ignition on you.
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