Wisconsin Assembly approved legislation Oct. 21 increasing penalties
for drivers who leave the scene of an accident involving deaths
or injuries. It now heads to the Senate.
current law, penalties vary for drivers who flee the scene of
an accident, depending on whether a person was injured in the
accident and the severity of injuries, Milwaukee’s WDJT TV reported.
drivers who flee an injury accident may be fined up to $10,000
and serve 42 months in prison. A person who fails to remain at
the scene of an accident resulting in a person’s death may be
fined up to $10,000 and spend up to six years in prison.
sponsored by Rep. J.A. Hines, R-Oxford, would increase the penalties
for someone who fails to remain at the scene of an injury accident
to no more than $50,000 and 15 years behind bars. A person failing
to remain at the scene of a deadly accident would face fines up
to $100,000 and 25 years in prison.