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Hit-and-run becomes felony under bill

Posted July 10, 2008
Updated July 11, 2008

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— Leaving the scene of a wreck will get stiffer penalties under a bill going to the desk of Gov. Mike Easley.

The state Senate on Thursday gave its final approval to the legislation, which makes a hit-and-run charge a felony when people are seriously injured.

The bill also requires the driver to stay at the scene until given permission to leave by law enforcement.

If Easley signs the bill, it will go into effect Dec. 1.


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  • colliedave Jul 11, 2008

    And what percentage of those committing these acts are illegal aliens? What good does it do to increase the penalty in these cases?

  • commonsense2 Jul 11, 2008

    yeah, look it up in the general statutes WRAL, a hit and run with injuries already is a felony and has been. Nothing new, maybe just a higher felony charge. Your story makes it seem as if it has been a misd. and now is being changed to a felony which is misleading.

  • d1mike41 Jul 11, 2008

    It is already a felony. What the Bill is trying to do is upgrade it from a class H to a class F. Stiffer penalty. Bill 944 from Senator Dalton if you want to read it.

  • makeitright Jul 11, 2008

    Great let's get drunk driving in the same category! And Enforced properly

  • Truth Time Jul 11, 2008

    Umm, I don't know who is doing this reporting, but any hit and run involving and degree of injury is already a felony... I do believe this job of reporting needs to be a little more thorough because they are misreporting something

  • 68_polara Jul 10, 2008

    Well said assassin!

  • privateassassin Jul 10, 2008

    Good...they should be! Finally, a bill that actually makes sense.