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

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An Implied Consent for Driver Intoxication Tests, Initiative 242 ballot proposition was on the November 5, 1968 statewide ballot in the State of Washington as an Initiative to the People, where it was approved. Initiative 242 became Chapter 1, Laws of 1969.

Election results

Initiative 242
Approveda Yes 792,242 66.7%

Path to the ballot

Initiative 242 was filed on February 8, 1968 by Dr. Charles P. Larson, Vice-President of the Washington State Medical Association, on behalf of the Washington State Medical Association. 123,589 signatures were filed on July 3, 1968, qualifying I-242 for the ballot.

Text on the Ballot

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.

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