- Associated Press - Thursday, February 16, 2017

PHOENIX (AP) - The Latest on a measure requiring police to test drivers for alcohol or drugs after they cause fatal accidents. (all times local):

2:55 p.m.

The Arizona Senate has approved a revised version of legislation requiring drug or alcohol testing for drivers involved in major crashes.

Thursday’s 26-3 vote came a day after an amendment removed a requirement that police test drivers who cause serious-injury accidents. The bill now requires police to test only drivers believed to have causes fatal accidents.

The bill now goes to the House.



Senate Bill 1054 is being sought by the parents of an 18-year-old recent Phoenix Horizon High School graduate who was killed last June. The driver told a state trooper that he was tired but he wasn’t tested or charged.

Democratic Sen. Martin Quezada told fellow senators he is concerned about testing a driver without a legal reason, but voted for the measure anyway.

3 a.m.

The Arizona Senate is set to vote on a revised version of legislation requiring drug or alcohol testing for drivers involved in major crashes.

Thursday’s scheduled vote comes a day after an amendment removed a requirement that police test drivers who cause serious accidents. The revision also changed the proposal to only require police to test drivers in fatal accidents if they believe the driver caused the wreck.

Senate Bill 1054 is being sought by the parents of an 18-year-old recent Phoenix Horizon High School graduate who was killed last June. Joe Smith and a man in another vehicle died when a semi-truck slammed into stopped traffic on Interstate 10.

The driver told a state trooper that he was tired but he wasn’t tested or charged.

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