On May 2, 2013, Rep. Rhonda Fields introduced HB 13-1325 - Concerning Penalties for Persons who Drive While Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs, and, in Connection Therewith, Making an Appropriation. This summary is published here courtesy of the Colorado Bar Association’s e-Legislative Report.
In any DUI prosecution, if at the time of driving or within a reasonable time thereafter, the driver’s blood contains five nanograms or more of delta 9-tetrahydrocannabinol per milliliter in whole blood, as shown by analysis of the defendant’s blood, such fact gives rise to a permissible inference that the defendant was under the influence of one or more drugs.
Under current law, in any prosecution for vehicular homicide or vehicular assault, if at the time of the commission of the alleged offense, or within a reasonable time thereafter, as shown by analysis of the defendant’s blood or breath, there was 0.08 or more grams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood, or if there was at such time 0.08 or more grams of alcohol per 210 liters of breath, it is presumed that the defendant was under the influence of alcohol. The bill removes this presumption and states instead that such fact gives rise to a permissible inference that the defendant was under the influence of alcohol.
The bill removes instances of the term “habitual user” from the traffic code.
The bill was introduced on May 2 and approved, with amendments, by the Judiciary Committee on that same day. On May 3, the Appropriations Committee approved the bill and sent it to the full House for consideration on 2nd Reading. 2nd Reading is scheduled for Monday, May 6.
Since this summary, the bill made it through Second Reading unamended and passed Third Reading in the Senate.