Punitive damages; persons injured by intoxicated drivers. (SB125)

Introduced By

Sen. Bill Stanley (R-Moneta)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Punitive damages for persons injured by intoxicated drivers. Provides that, for the purposes of a punitive damages award in a civil action for personal injury or death arising from the operation of a motor vehicle while intoxicated, in order to have a rebuttable presumption that a defendant's blood alcohol concentration at the time of the incident causing injury or death was at least as high as results of a blood or breath test, such test must have been administered in accordance with the provisions of 18.2-268.1 through 18.2-268.12, which lay out the procedures for obtaining blood and breath tests. Under current law, to have the rebuttable presumption, such blood or breath test must have been administered within three hours of the incident causing injury or death. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/28/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16101257D
12/28/2015Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/08/2016Reported from Courts of Justice (14-Y 0-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/09/2016Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2016Read second time and engrossed
02/11/2016Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2016Placed on Calendar
02/15/2016Read first time
02/15/2016Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/16/2016Assigned App. sub: Civil Law
02/16/2016Assigned Courts sub: Civil Law
02/22/2016Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (10-Y 0-N)
03/02/2016Reported from Courts of Justice with amendment (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2016Read second time
03/07/2016Read third time
03/07/2016Committee amendment agreed to
03/07/2016Engrossed by House as amended
03/07/2016Passed House with amendment BLOCK VOTE (96-Y 0-N)
03/07/2016VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (96-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2016House amendment agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/10/2016Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB125ER)
03/10/2016Signed by Speaker
03/10/2016Signed by President
03/11/2016G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Monday, April 11, 2016
03/11/2016Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 3/11/16
03/11/2016G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, April 10, 2016
03/25/2016G Approved by Governor-Chapter 510 (effective 7/1/16)
03/25/2016G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0510)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 58 seconds.