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Impaired Drivers Bill Passes Senate Committee

January 20, 1998
By: Tristin J. Yeager
State Capital Bureau

Impaired Drivers would lose their driver's liscenses in a bill the Senate Transportation Committee passed Tuesday. Tristin Yeager reports from the State Capital.

If passed, the impaired drivers bill would allow people to file a report on drivers they believe cannot safely operate motor vehicles. The reports must be based upon personal observation or physical evidence. The bill specifically includes medical personnel who may report any patients diagnosed with conditions preventing them from safely operating a motor vehicle.

The bill would provide legal exemption from any civil liability resulting from making a report. But penalties would apply to those who file false reports.

Republican Senator John Russell, who serves on the Transportation Committee, has reservations about the bill.

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Although similiar bills have been presented to the legislature in the past five years, Republican Senator Betty Sims, this bill's sponsor, believes new changes will attrace more supporters.

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