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File No. 523

    February Session, 2018

Senate Bill No. 471

Senate, April 16, 2018

The Committee on Judiciary reported through SEN. DOYLE of the 9th Dist. and SEN. KISSEL of the 7th Dist., Chairpersons of the Committee on the part of the Senate, that the bill ought to pass.

AN ACT CONCERNING A MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT REPORT FOR AN ACCIDENT IN WHICH A PERSON WAS KILLED.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Subsection (a) of section 14-108a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2018):

(a) (1) The Commissioner of Transportation shall prescribe for the Division of State Police within the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection and for each police department and officer and other suitable agencies or individuals a uniform investigation of accident report, in such form as the commissioner shall prescribe, which form shall be followed in filing all such reports.

(2) In each motor vehicle accident in which any person is killed or injured or in which damage to the property of any one individual, including the operator, in excess of one thousand dollars is sustained, the police officer, agency or individual who, in the regular course of duty, investigates such accident, either at the time of or at the scene of the accident or thereafter, by interviewing the participants or witnesses, shall, [within] not later than five days after completing such investigation, complete and forward one copy of such report to the Commissioner of Transportation. Such report shall [call for and] contain all available [detailed] information relating to [disclose] the location and cause of the accident, the conditions then existing, the persons and vehicles involved and the names of the insurance companies issuing their automobile liability policies, as well as the enforcement action taken, if any, and, in the case of a motor vehicle accident in which any person is killed, such report shall, if possible and practicable, reach a conclusion as to the cause of the accident. If such a conclusion cannot be reached, the investigating officer, agency or individual shall refer the case to the state's attorney for the judicial district in which the accident occurred, who may refer the case to the Division of State Police within the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection for review and further investigation. The Commissioner of Transportation shall forward to the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles one copy of each report of any accident involving a school bus. The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles may inquire into or investigate any accident reported pursuant to this subsection and may request the assistance of the Division of State Police within the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection for such purposes.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

October 1, 2018

14-108a(a)

JUD

Joint Favorable

 

The following Fiscal Impact Statement and Bill Analysis are prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for purposes of information, summarization and explanation and do not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose. In general, fiscal impacts are based upon a variety of informational sources, including the analyst's professional knowledge. Whenever applicable, agency data is consulted as part of the analysis, however final products do not necessarily reflect an assessment from any specific department.


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

There is expected to be no fiscal impact from the bill, which requires that in cases where an investigation into a fatal vehicle accident is not conclusive, the police department investigating must refer it to the state's attorney's office, which may refer it to the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP) for further investigation. To the extent that the state's attorney's office refers cases to DESPP, any further investigation into such incidents is expected to be within the agency's capacity. The number of cases that are expected to be sent to DESPP for further review is expected to be minimal.

The Out Years

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact: None

OLR Bill Analysis

SB 471

AN ACT CONCERNING A MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT REPORT FOR AN ACCIDENT IN WHICH A PERSON WAS KILLED.

SUMMARY

This bill requires the police or other agencies or individuals investigating a fatal motor vehicle accident (investigators) to refer the case to the state's attorney in the district where the accident took place if they are unable to determine the accident's cause, and it allows the state's attorney to refer the matter to the State Police for review and further investigation.

By law, investigators must send the transportation commissioner an accident report, within five days after completing an investigation, for any motor vehicle accident in which someone (1) was killed or injured or (2) incurred more than $1,000 in property damage. The bill requires the report to include, if possible and practicable, a conclusion as to the cause of any fatal accident. Existing law already requires accident reports to include information about the cause of a reportable accident.

The bill also makes technical changes.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2018

BACKGROUND

Related Bill

HB 5474, reported favorably by the Judiciary Committee, contains the same provisions.

COMMITTEE ACTION

Judiciary Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

39

Nay

0

(03/28/2018)

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