BILL NUMBER: AB 1224	AMENDED
	BILL TEXT

	AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY  APRIL 14, 2009

INTRODUCED BY   Assembly Member Eng

                        FEBRUARY 27, 2009

   An act  to add Section 20002.5 to the Vehicle Code, 
relating to vehicles.


	LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


   AB 1224, as amended, Eng. Vehicles: hit and run violations:
animals.
   Existing law requires the driver of any vehicle involved in an
accident resulting in injury or death to another person to
immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident and to
fulfill specified requirements. Under existing law, a violation of
this provision is either a felony or a misdemeanor. 
   This bill would declare the Legislature's intent to enact
legislation to include animals, pets, and livestock under the basic
"hit and run" statute in order to fine drivers who leave the scene of
an accident without trying to contact the owner or local authorities
or render aid to the injured animal, pet, or farm animal. 

   This bill would require the driver of any vehicle involved in an
accident resulting in an injury to a dog, a cat, or livestock to
immediately stop the vehicle at the nearest location that will not
impede traffic or otherwise jeopardize the safety of other motorists,
and to comply with specific notification requirements. The bill
would require any person who parks a vehicle that, prior to the
vehicle again being driven, becomes a runaway vehicle and is involved
in an accident resulting in injury to a dog, a cat, or livestock,
attended or unattended, to comply with those notification
requirements. The bill would make a violation of these provisions an
infraction punishable by a fine of not more than $100 for a first
offense and of not less than $50 nor more than $200 for a second or
subsequent offense.  
   The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local
agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the
state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that
reimbursement.  
   This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this
act for a specified reason. 
   Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee:  no
  yes  . State-mandated local program:  no
  yes  .


THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

   SECTION 1.    Section 20002.5 is added to the 
 Vehicle Code   , to read:  
   20002.5.  (a) The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident
resulting in an injury to a dog, a cat, or livestock shall
immediately stop the vehicle at the nearest location that will not
impede traffic or otherwise jeopardize the safety of other motorists.
Moving the vehicle in accordance with this subdivision does not
affect the question of fault. The driver shall also immediately do
the following:
   (1) Without unnecessary delay, notify a local agency or animal
control of the city wherein the collision occurred or, if the
collision occurred in unincorporated territory, the local
headquarters of the Department of the California Highway Patrol.
   (2) If the owner or person in charge of the injured dog, cat, or
livestock is in the vicinity of the accident, notify that owner or
person in charge of the name and address of the driver and owner of
the vehicle involved and upon being requested, present his or her
driver's license and vehicle registration to the owner or person in
charge of the injured dog, cat, or livestock. The information
presented shall include the current residence address of the driver
and of the registered owner. If the registered owner of an involved
vehicle is present at the scene, he or she shall also, upon request,
present his or her driver's license information, if available, or
other valid identification to the other involved parties.
   (b) A person who parks a vehicle that, prior to the vehicle again
being driven, becomes a runaway vehicle and is involved in an
accident resulting in injury to a dog, a cat, or livestock, attended
or unattended, shall comply with the requirements of this section
relating to notification and reporting. The failure to comply with
the requirements of this section under these circumstances is a
violation of this section.
   (c) A violation of this section shall be punishable by a fine of
not more than one hundred dollars ($100) for a first offense and by a
fine of not less than fifty dollars ($50) nor more than two hundred
dollars ($200) for a second and each subsequent offense. 
   SEC. 2.    No reimbursement is required by this act
pursuant to Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California
Constitution because the only costs that may be incurred by a local
agency or school district will be incurred because this act creates a
new crime or infraction, eliminates a crime or infraction, or
changes the penalty for a crime or infraction, within the meaning of
Section 17556 of the Government Code, or changes the definition of a
crime within the meaning of Section 6 of Article XIII B of the
California Constitution.  
  SECTION 1.    It is the intent of the Legislature
to enact legislation to include animals, pets, and livestock under
Section 20001 of the Vehicle Code, the basic "hit and run" statute,
in order to fine drivers who leave the scene of an accident without
trying to contact the owner or local authorities or render aid to the
injured animal, pet, or farm animal.