It was a busy week in the nascent era of autonomous vehicles. 9/14: Mayor Marty Walsh announced that the City of Boston was selected by the Swiss-based World Economic Forum as a focus city to participate in a 1-year study of autonomous vehicles in an urban environment. The City is now trying to coordinate with the state Department of Transportation and with the legislature to ensure state regulations keep up with the new technologies and to determine if at this ... Read More »
Effective July 28, 2013, a newly-revised Boating Under the Influence (BUI) law came into effect in the State of Washington. Penalties were raised to that of a gross misdemeanor instead of a simple misdemeanor. There still is no mandatory minimum jail term or fine. A refusal to provide a breath sample is not admissible at the trial, however a boater can be subjected to a $1000 civil fine for refusing a test. This legislation also authorizes search warrants for blood ... Read More »
Washington State Marijuana Legalization: Could it Pit Medical Users v. Recreational Users When it Comes to Driving??
On Friday, Judge Lisa Sutton in Washington rejected a request by a user of medical marijuana to block Washington state from implementing tougher rules on “stoned driving.” After approving a measure for legalizing the use of recreational marijuana in November, from this Thursday, Washington became the first U.S. state to not only legalize marijuana recreational use, but also bring into effect new checks and balances. The new rules, especially those related with driving under the influence of marijuana has a ... Read More »