Synopsis As Introduced Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Provides that a person who fails to remain at the scene of an accident involving personal injury or death to render aid as required is guilty of a Class 4 felony (rather than a Class A misdemeanor). Shortens from one hour to one-half hour the time in which a person who has failed to remain at the scene of the accident must report the accident at a police station or sheriff's office. Provides that a person who failed to remain at the scene as required and failed to report the accident within one-half hour of its occurrence, or within one-half hour of his or her release from the hospital if he or she had been hospitalized and incapacitated from reporting during the one-half hour after the occurrence, is guilty of a Class 3 (rather than a Class 4) felony if the accident does not result in the death of any person. Deletes language providing that a report made within the one hour time limit may not be used as a basis for a prosecution for failing to remain at the accident scene as required.
Correctional Note (Dept of Corrections)
The total impact of this legislation would result in an increase of 29 inmates, with an increase in costs of $7,688,400 over the first ten years after enactment.
Senate Floor Amendment No. 1 Restores language providing that no report made within the time limit may be used as a basis for a prosecution for failing to remain at the accident scene.