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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: January 17, 2017 10:04 AM
From: Senator Robert M. Tomlinson
To: All Senate members
Subject: Accidents Involving Death or Injury While Not Properly Licensed
Please join me in sponsoring legislation to amend the Vehicle Code regarding drivers involved in serious accidents while under a license suspension.

Aside from a charge for driving with a suspended license, no additional penalty exists today for being involved in an accident without a license unless the suspended driver was found to have caused the accident. My legislation would include a penalty of up to two years imprisonment and $5,000 fine for an individual who is not properly licensed and is involved in an accident where seriously bodily injury and/or death occurs. The suspended driver should not have been operating a motor vehicle under any circumstances and should be held accountable for his or her actions.

This legislation was cosponsored last session by Senators Rafferty, Fontana, Baker, Dinniman and Mensch as Senate Bill 895.

Introduced as SB358