Senate panel approves DUI tests after fatal crashes

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Joe Smith was killed in a car crash last June. (Source: Smith Family) Joe Smith was killed in a car crash last June. (Source: Smith Family)

An Arizona Senate panel has approved a revived version of legislation requiring drug or alcohol testing for drivers involved in major crashes.

Legislators revived the measure after it failed to get a hearing in the House. It would require testing for drivers who cause fatal accidents.

House Bill 2066 is being sought by the parents of an 18-year-old Phoenix Horizon High School graduate who was killed last June. Joe Smith and a man in another vehicle died when a semi-truck slammed into stopped traffic on Interstate 10.

[READ MORE: Dream vacation turns tragic for recent Horizon High School grads (June 29, 2016)]

The driver told a state trooper that he was tired but he wasn't tested or charged. Republican Sen. John Kavanagh called the proposal blatantly unconstitutional.

[RELATED: Grieving Phoenix parents hope to ease others' pain through 'Joe's law' (Jan. 19, 2017)]

The Senate Committee on Appropriations voted 6-3 Tuesday to send the measure to the full Senate. 

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