SB 130 Increases the penalties and driver license suspension periods for those who fail to yield the right-of-way in certain instances
Sponsor: Schaefer
LR Number: 0845S.01I Fiscal Note available
Committee: Transportation and Infrastructure
Last Action: 4/4/2013 - Voted Do Pass S Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Journal Page:
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Effective Date: August 28, 2013

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SB 130 - Under current law, a person who causes physical injury or death to another person by failing to yield the right-of-way is subject to additional monetary penalties and driver's license suspensions (Section 304.351).

Under current law, a person who causes physical injury to a person by failing to yield the right-of-way shall be assessed a penalty of up to $200 and may have his or her driving privilege suspended for 30 days. This act increases the maximum penalty from $200 to $1,000, and requires a minimum penalty of $500 to be assessed.

Under current law, a person who causes serious physical injury to another by failing to yield the right-of-way is subject to an additional penalty of up to $500 and may have his or her driving privilege suspended for 90 days. This act increases the maximum penalty from $500 to $3,000, and requires a minimum penalty of $1,000 to be assessed. The act further makes the 90 day suspension period mandatory rather than discretionary.

Under current law, a person who causes the death of another person by failing to yield the right-of-way is subject to an additional penalty of up to $1,000 and may have his or driving privilege suspended for 6 months. This act increases the maximum penalty from $1,000 to $10,000, and requires a minimum of $5,000 to be assessed. In lieu of a discretionary 6 month suspension, the act requires the court to issue an order of suspension of up to one year, but no less than 6 months. In addition, the person who causes a fatality by failing to yield the right-of-way must successfully complete a driver-improvement program (Section 304.351).

This act is identical to SCS/SB 805 (2012).

STEPHEN WITTE