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Title 23 : Motor Vehicles

Chapter 013 : OPERATION OF VEHICLES

Subchapter 013 : DRUNKEN DRIVING

(Cite as: 23 V.S.A. § 1200)
  • § 1200. Definitions

    As used in this subchapter:

    (1) "Alcohol concentration" means

    (A) the number of grams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood; or

    (B) the number of grams of alcohol per 210 liters of breath.

    (2) "Drug" means:

    (A) a regulated drug as defined in 18 V.S.A. § 4201;  or

    (B) any substance or combination of substances, other than alcohol, which affects the nervous system, brain, or muscles of a person so as to impair, noticeably and appreciably, a person's ability to drive a vehicle safely.

    (3) "Evidentiary test" means a breath or blood test which indicates the person's alcohol concentration or the presence of other drug and which is intended to be introduced as evidence.

    (4) "Alcohol" includes alcohol, malt beverages, spirits, fortified wines, and vinous beverages, as defined in 7 V.S.A. § 2, and any beverage or liquid containing any of them.

    (5) "Law enforcement officer" means a law enforcement officer who has been certified by the Criminal Justice Training Council pursuant to 20 V.S.A. § 2358.

    (6) "Vehicle" means a motor vehicle as defined in section 4 of this title, and when on a public highway:

    (A) a snowmobile as defined in section 3201 of this title; and

    (B) an all-terrain vehicle as defined in section 3501 of this title.

    (7) "Highway" has the same meaning as in subdivision 4(13) of this title, except that for purposes of this subchapter, "highway" does not include the driveway which serves only a single-family or two-family residence of the operator. This exception shall not apply if a person causes the death of a person, causes bodily injury to a person, or causes damage to the personal property of another person, while operating a motor vehicle on a driveway in violation of section 1201 of this subchapter.

    (8) "Ignition interlock device" means a device that is capable of measuring a person's alcohol concentration and that prevents a motor vehicle from being started by a person whose alcohol concentration is 0.02 or greater.

    (9)(A) "Ignition interlock restricted driver's license" or "ignition interlock RDL" or "RDL" means a restricted license or privilege to operate a motor vehicle issued by the Commissioner allowing a resident whose license or privilege to operate has been suspended or revoked for operating under the influence of alcohol or in excess of legal limits of alcohol concentration, or for refusing an enforcement officer's reasonable request for an evidentiary test, to operate a motor vehicle, other than a commercial motor vehicle as defined in section 4103 of this title, installed with an approved ignition interlock device.

    (B) "Ignition interlock certificate" means a restricted privilege to operate a motor vehicle issued by the Commissioner allowing a nonresident whose privilege to operate a motor vehicle in Vermont has been suspended or revoked for operating under the influence of alcohol or in excess of legal limits of alcohol concentration, or for refusing an enforcement officer's reasonable request for an evidentiary test, to operate a motor vehicle, other than a commercial motor vehicle as defined in section 4103 of this title, installed with an approved ignition interlock device.

    (10) "Random retest" means a test of a vehicle operator's blood alcohol concentration, other than a test required to start the vehicle, that is required at random intervals during operation of a vehicle equipped with an ignition interlock device. (Added 1989, No. 68, § 1, eff. Dec. 1, 1989; amended, 1991, No. 55, § 1; 1997, No. 117 (Adj. Sess.), §§ 10, 11; 1997, No. 117 (Adj. Sess.), § 12, eff. April 29, 1998; 1999, No. 20, § 1; 2007, 1999, No. 170 (Adj. Sess.), § 1; 2009, No. 126 (Adj. Sess.), § 3, eff. July 1, 2011; 2011, No. 90 (Adj. Sess.), § 1; 2015, No. 158 (Adj. Sess.), § 45; 2017, No. 83, § 153.)