new law in Connecticut requires any driver involved in a serious
accident to submit to a breath or blood alcohol test.
new law, which passed the General Assembly in June as HB6698, became
effective Oct. 1. It is now listed as Public Act 03-265. Before
the law went into effect, the tests could be refused, but if they
were, the driver would face a license suspension.
bill contains a number of other provisions related to drinking and
driving. For example, it allows courts to order the installation
of ignition interlock devices – which require a breath test that
shows no alcohol in the driver’s system – as part of a sentence
for drunken driving.
also allows the state to confiscate the vehicles of a person who
is convicted of drunken driving while under suspension for a previous
drunken driving incident.
hospitals who treat accident victims would also be in affect. The
act would require those hospitals to turn over the medical records
of a driver who was involved in an accident that resulted in physical
injury or death if those records were requested by a police officer.
addition, the provisions apply to drivers who are impaired by drugs.
law already requires a blood alcohol level test for anyone killed
in an accident. The new law simply extends the requirement to people
who survive such an accident if an officer has probable cause to
think they are drunk.