senate Bill S117

2009-2010 Legislative Session

Increases the penalty for leaving the scene of an incident without reporting such incident

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Jan 06, 2010 referred to transportation
Jan 07, 2009 referred to transportation

S117 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Senate Transportation
Law Section:
Vehicle and Traffic Law

S117 - Bill Texts

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BILL NUMBER: S117

TITLE OF BILL :
An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to the
penalty for leaving the scene of an incident resulting in a personal
injury


PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL :
To increase the penalty for leaving the scene of an automobile
accident that results in a physical injury.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS :
Section 1 amends the vehicle and traffic law by increasing the penalty
for leaving the scene of an incident resulting in physical injury to a
class A misdemeanor and for leaving the scene of an incident resulting
in death or serious physical injury to a class C felony.

EFFECTS OF PRESENT LAW WHICH THIS BILL WOULD ALTER :
The current penalty, for leaving the scene of an accident involving a
physical injury, is a class B misdemeanor with a fine between two
hundred fifty ($250.00) and five hundred dollars ($500.00) for the
first violation and a class A misdemeanor with a fine of between five
hundred ($500.00) and one-thousand dollars ($1,000.00) for subsequent
violations. This bill would require any violation of the statute to be
punishable with a class A misdemeanor and a fine between five hundred
($500.00) and one-thousand dollars ($1,000.00).

The penalty, for leaving the scene of an accident involving a serious
physical injury or death, is currently a class E felony. This bill
would change the penalty to a class C felony.

JUSTIFICATION :
Automobile accidents are one of the principle causes of fatalities and
serious physical injuries in New York each year. In New York, during
2000 alone, over fourteen hundred people died in automobile accidents
and approximately three hundred thousand were physically injured.

A significant number of accidents resulting in physical injury
involved a party that leaves the scene of an accident without
reporting information required by the statute to authorities. The
statue not only requires a driver at fault to present pertinent
information to the injured party, but also requires that driver to
report the accident to the police in a timely manner. By reporting the
injury to the police, the statute seeks to ensure that skilled medical
professionals can respond to the accident within a reasonable period.
By failing to make sure medical care is provided by reporting the
accident to the authorities, a driver that does not report the
accident jeopardizes the health of those that were injured in the
accident.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :
S.2093 of 2007 01/31/08 Referred to Transportation

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS :
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE :
This act shall take effect on the first of November next succeeding
the date upon which it shall have become a law.
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