FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 18, 2016
Contact: Rep. Steineke: 608-266-2418
Rep. Steineke Statement on Assembly Bill 201
Madison . . . Majority Leader Jim Steineke (R-Kaukauna) issued the following statement in response to Assembly approval of Assembly Bill 201, relating to the duty to stop at the scene of a motor vehicle accident.
“This bill closes a loophole in state statue by clarifying the definition of “hit and run.” It requires that an operator of a vehicle involved in an accident must reasonably investigate what was struck and, if he or she knows or has reason to know that the accident resulted in personal injury or vehicle damage, must stop at the scene of the accident and provide the information and assistance already required in Wisconsin’s hit and run statute. This bill also specifies that a prosecutor is not required to prove that a driver knew that he or she collided with a person or a vehicle driven or attended by a person in a prosecution for such a violation.”
“This is a common-sense bill that will make sure that those who have harmed individuals in a hit and run will be punished appropriately.”