Fields and Conti’s Tougher Enforcement for Hit-and-Runs Clears First Hurdle

February 16, 2012

DENVER— House Judiciary Committee Unanimously Passes House Bill 1084. Today, state Reps. Kathleen Conti and Rhonda Fields presented a bill in the House Judiciary Committee that will create tougher enforcement laws for hit-and-runs.

House Bill 1084 makes hit-and-runs a Class 4 felony, which carries the same weight as driving under the influence of alcohol.

“Just like a person who gets behind the wheel drunk, people who flee the scene of an accident make a conscious decision that puts others in danger,” said Conti, R-Littleton. “This bill corrects an injustice that is long overdue.”

In 2010, a man crossing the street near Coors Field was hit by a driver who fled the scene. The victim was in a coma for several days but the driver only received three months in jail after making a plea bargain.

“Under current law, a person charged with a hit-and-run faces less of a penalty than someone caught driving under the influence of alcohol,” said Fields, D-Aurora. “This bill corrects that failure.”

House Bill 1084 passed the House Judiciary Committee unanimously and now moves to the House Appropriations Committee for further consideration.

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