Emergency room doctors in Hawaii are the first in the nation required to give police blood-alcohol test results on drivers if the tests exceed legal limits.
The mandatory reporting requirement was signed into law this week. Oregon and Illinois have laws that allow doctors to provide police the blood-alcohol test results, but they do not require it.
The law makes the reporting requirement for drunken drivers the same as the reporting requirements for gunshot and stab wounds or child or elderly abuse, he said. It grants physicians immunity from civil liability for complying with the law.