| License Suspensions for Blood-Alcohol Content Test Refusals |
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OLR Research Report
The Connecticut General Assembly
OFFICE OF LEGISLATIVE RESEARCH
March 3, 1997 97-R-0299
FROM: James J. Fazzalaro, Principal Analyst
RE: License Suspensions for Blood-Alcohol Content Test Refusals
You asked what the driver's license suspension requirements are for blood-alcohol test refusals.
If a police officer has probable cause to believe that a driver may be operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and places that person under arrest, he can request that the person submit to a chemical test of his blood-alcohol content. The person can either submit to the test or refuse to submit to it. If the person submits to the test and the results indicate a blood-alcohol content of . 10% or more, he is subject to an administrative license suspension and further prosecution for driving while intoxicated. If he refuses to submit to the test, he is subject to an automatic license suspension.
The law requires a person's driver's license to be suspended for six months for refusing to submit to the test. The person is eligible for a special work-only driving permit after serving 90 days of the mandatory suspension but only if certain other conditions are met. If the person submits to the test and the results indicate a blood-alcohol content of . 10% or more, his license must be suspended for 90 days. If a person has had his license previously suspended for a test refusal or for a per se test result of . 10% or more within the previous 10 years, the mandatory suspension for the second test refusal is one year. The mandatory suspension for a third refusal within 10 years is two years. (CGS § 14-227b(h))