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SB 1498 Intoxicated drivers; punitive damages for persons injured.

Introduced by: Scott A. Surovell | all patrons    ...    notes | add to my profiles

SUMMARY AS PASSED: (all summaries)

Punitive damages for persons injured by intoxicated drivers; evidence. Extends to blood tests performed by the Department of Forensic Science pursuant to a search warrant the rebuttable presumption in civil cases for punitive damages for injuries caused by intoxicated drivers that provides that a person's blood alcohol level demonstrated by a test performed pursuant to the implied consent statute is at least as high as the driver's blood alcohol level at the time of the accident. The bill further establishes a rebuttable presumption applicable in a civil case for punitive damages for injuries caused by an intoxicated driver that a person who has consumed alcohol knew or should have known that his ability to drive was or would be impaired by such consumption.


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