Blood Tests Now Required for Drivers Who Hit Pedestrians

The Texas legislature recently passed a law mandating blood tests following auto-pedestrian accidents. An auto-pedestrian accident is a motor vehicle accident in which a pedestrian is hit by a vehicle. Prior to the passing of this law, a driver’s blood was only tested if the investigating officer suspected a driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol during an accident. Pursuant to this new law, the blood of any driver who hits a pedestrian will be screened for alcohol and illicit drugs regardless of suspicion.

This new law was passed after Katie Palmer of Denison, Texas, was killed by an allegedly drunk driver while she was walking in her neighborhood. Witnesses at the scene noted the strong odor of alcohol on the at-fault driver’s breath. However, neither his blood nor his breath was tested for alcohol following the accident. Without a blood or breathalyzer test, the at-fault driver was not indicted for killing Katie Palmer.

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