Driving under influence of alcohol; defendant's blood or breath tested, exemplary damages. (SB1169)

Introduced By

Sen. Ryan McDougle (R-Mechanicsville) with support from co-patron 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 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 or breath test was performed. Currently, only the defendant's BAC at the time of the incident is considered. Read the Bill »


01/09/2013: Awaiting a Vote in the Judiciary Committee


01/09/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13101093D
01/09/2013Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/01/2013Stricken at the request of Patron in Courts of Justice (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)