Driving under influence of alcohol; award of exemplary damages. (HB680)

Introduced By

Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


DUI; exemplary damages.  Provides that in an action for personal injury or death arising from the operation of a motor vehicle, engine, or train, a defendant's conduct will be deemed both so willful and wanton as to show a conscious disregard for the rights of others, thus entitling the plaintiff to an award of exemplary damages, if the defendant's blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was or exceeded 0.15 at the time of the incident or at the time the blood test was performed. Currently, only the defendant's BAC at the time of the incident is considered. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/11/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12100804D
01/11/2012Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/17/2012Assigned Courts sub: #2 Civil
01/23/2012Subcommittee failed to recommend reporting (4-Y 5-N)
02/14/2012Left in Courts of Justice