Washington Implied Consent for Driver Intoxication Tests, Initiative 242 (1968)

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The Washington Implied Consent for Driver Intoxication Tests Initiative, also known as Initiative 242 was on the November 5, 1968 ballot in Washington as an Initiative to the People, where it was approved. The measure provided that any person operating a motor vehicle on the roadway shall be deemed to have consented to a breath test.[1]

Election results

Washington Initiative 242 (1968)
Approveda Yes 792,242 66.7%

Election results via: Washington Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

An ACT providing that any person operating a motor vehicle on the public highways shall be deemed to have consented to a breath test (if unconscious a blood test) to determine intoxication, when arrested for any offense, provided the arresting officer has reasonable grounds to believe such operator was driving or in control of a vehicle with intoxicate; directing a six-month revocation of driving privileges for a person refusing such test after having been advised of his rights and consequences of refusal; providing hearing and appeal procedures; and reducing the blood alcohol percentage necessary to raise a presumption of intoxication.[2]

Path to the ballot

Initiative 242 was filed on February 8, 1968 by Dr. Charles P. Larson of the Washington State Medical Association. 123,589 signatures were submitted to qualify it for the ballot. The measure was placed on the ballot as provided for by the state constitution.[3]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Office of the Secretary of State, "1968 Voters Pamphlet," accessed August 27, 2013
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  3. Washington Secretary of State, "Initiatives to the People," accessed August 27, 2013