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Introduced Version House Bill 2178 History

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H. B. 2178


(By Delegate Caputo)

[Introduced February 10, 2005 ; referred to the

Committee on the Judiciary then Finance.]





A BILL to amend and reenact §17C-4-7 of the code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to requiring law-enforcement officers investigating motor vehicle accidents to include in the written report the estimated weights of commercial motor vehicles involved in accidents.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:

That §17C-4-7 of the code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:

ARTICLE 4. ACCIDENTS.

§17C-4-7. Written reports of accidents.

Every law-enforcement officer who, in the regular course of duty, investigates a motor vehicle accident occurring on the public highways of this state resulting in bodily injury to or death of any person or total property damage to an apparent extent of five
hundred dollars or more shall, either at the time of and at the scene of the accident or thereafter by interviewing participants or witnesses, within twenty-four hours after completing such the investigation, forward a written report of such the accident to the division. The division shall prepare a form for such the accident report and, after approval of such the form by the commissioner, the superintendent of the West Virginia state police and the commissioner of highways, shall supply copies of such these form to police departments, sheriffs and other appropriate law-enforcement agencies. Every accident report required under the provisions of this section shall be made on such this form. If the motor vehicle involved in an accident is a commercial motor vehicle, the investigating law-enforcement officer shall make an estimate of the weight of the vehicle based upon procedures and formulas developed and approved by the commissioner. A copy of the estimated weight of the commercial vehicle shall be attached to the written accident report, together with a notation indicating the legal weight limit for commercial vehicles on the section of road or highway where the accident occurred.

NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to require law-enforcement officers investigating motor vehicle accidents to include in the written report the estimated weights of commercial motor vehicles involved in accidents.

Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.
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