D.A. cracks down on habitual driving offenders.

Published: Mon, 2009-08-03 (All day)

Publisher: Cookeville Herald-Citizen

Author: Mary Jo Denton

COOKEVILLE- [Excerpt] About 70 residents of the Upper Cumberland are now officially labeled as “habitual driving offenders” and may be arrested for merely driving, even if they are sober.
And another 90 such cases are in the works, according to District Attorney General Randy York.
Last week, DA York took 70 cases before Judge John Maddux, on showcase orders against driving offenders from all over this district who have committed multiple offenses, such as DUI and other violations involving motor vehicles.
“This was about people who have been abusing the system.” DA York said. “These people have been arrested more than once and just kept driving, and now, with the approval of these orders, they are habitual offenders.”
He said that designation means it is now a felony for these offenders to drive.

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