Friday, February 4, 2005

Blood alcohol bill

Washington House Bill 1199 (introduced Jan. 18) concerns testing for blood alcohol content after fatal accidents. One section provides that anyone who operates a vehicle (car, bus, boat, airplane) in the state "is deemed to have given consent" to a test if the person is involved in a vehicle accident in which there has been a fatality. The test would be administered by officers at the scene of an accident; hospitals are also required to report tests given to people who are treated after a fatal accident. The state patrol would tabulate and analyze results.

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