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What should the penalty be for drivers who leave the scene of an injury accident?

Asked at Dillons, 1740 Massachusetts St. on January 28, 2011

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Photo of Dan Wildcat

“In general there should probably be a penalty that would involve some period of incarceration.”

Photo of Meghan McArthur

“I think they should have their license suspended for a year. It’s pretty harsh but it’s a pretty harsh crime.”

Photo of Adam Hathaway

“Same as a DUI. A suspended license.”

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“I definitely think they should go to jail. I’m not sure for how long, but that’s a serious thing.”


Andrew Reeves 7 years, 4 months ago

I agree with Meghan. Also, lock them in a room with Fox News playing for 48hrs. No, that's too cruel.

RoeDapple 7 years, 4 months ago

BABBOY, Your ignorance is off the charts today

looza 7 years, 4 months ago

I think they should hafta wear a K-STATE t-shirt while getting sucker punched by KU students. or 30 days in jail.....take your pick

RoeDapple 7 years, 4 months ago

BABBOY is obviously off his meds and has been for some time now.

doc1 7 years, 4 months ago

Depends if it was an injury accident. In that case it should be much harsher. If they hit a parked car then it shouldn't be penalized at all. I try to hit and run 7-8 parked cars a day.

mom_of_three 7 years, 4 months ago

I agree. Parked car - heavy fine. Injury accident- fine, suspended license and maybe jail time if the accident was serious.

verity 7 years, 4 months ago

Then you would have an insane person released out into the world after five years. Is that what you want?

Stuart Evans 7 years, 4 months ago

99.9% of violators would commit suicide 2 hours into Milli Vanilli. The survivors should be hoisted up as national heroes and their record wiped clean.

bad_dog 7 years, 4 months ago

"...they should also forfeit the vehicle they were in and any current and future vehicles that they might own."

So you would have the Courts seize property even if owned by another and merely driven by the offender, or owned by the driver but not involved in the incident, (scenarios a & b) and vehicles they haven't even purchased yet (scenario c)? Why should property not owned by the offender or involved in the incident be subject to forfeiture? Why would any convicted offender purchase a vehicle in the future if it was subject to forfeiture?

Perhaps these are the reasons no one has mentioned forfeiture...

bad_dog 7 years, 4 months ago

No, I don't typically let "anybody" drive my car, but that isn't the point. Your statement advocated forfeiture of cars without condition. If the offender was operating the car at the time of the offense, unconditional forfeiture-whether the car was owned by someone other than the driver/offender, whether it was another vehicle uninvolved in the incident but owned by the driver/offender or even those yet to be purchased by the driver/offender.

As for the issue of loaning a car; "willingly" allowing someone to drive your car does not inherently connote culpability for the loaner of the car. Unless you can demonstrate knowledge on the part of the person lending the car (i.e. negligent entrustment-they knew the driver was irresponsible/poor driver, inebriated, high, etc.) there will be no culpability on their part merely for lending the vehicle.

Richard Heckler 7 years, 4 months ago

Pull the drivers license,auto tags,contact their insurance provider and suspend driving privileges for one year..... the first time. And a stiff fine $2500. If the person violates any of this 14 days in the clinker.

The second time all of the above plus Friday,Saturday and Sunday sweeping our downtown sidewalks from 7AM - 7PM. Stiff fine $5,000 If the violator fails to report 14 days in the cell.

Put some teeth in it.....

verity 7 years, 4 months ago

Oops! Guess I shouldn't be putting pepper in my garden to keep the varmints away.

kernal 7 years, 4 months ago

Agree. Might say the same for night joggers. Wearing dark colors at night and running down a street with bad lighting is not the smartest thing to do.

Kontum1972 7 years, 4 months ago

Hey Daniel nice too see u...your looking

Jeremy DeBoard 7 years, 4 months ago

Have them pay the injured person's medical bills at the non-insured rate. This would be in addition to the fines on the books already.

K_Verses_The_World 7 years, 4 months ago

Took an untrodden path once, where the swift don’t win the race; It goes to the worthy, who can divide the word of truth. Took a stranger to teach me, to look into justice’s beautiful face, and to see an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.

Chelsea Kapfer 7 years, 4 months ago

It seems to me that if the punishment is any less than a DUI, then leaving the scene of an accidnet would always be a viable option for a drunk driver.

Stuart Evans 7 years, 4 months ago

that reasoning has worked well for many.

Chelsea Kapfer 7 years, 4 months ago

Just last night I heard a call over the police radio at about 4am- someone had flipped their car on Clinton Parkway and took off.

kernal 7 years, 4 months ago

If injuries aren't severe, such as paralysis, loss of limb, etc., loss of license for five years and minimum one years in jail. For severe injuries, five years in jail, permanent loss of license and some restitution. If victim(s) die, manslaughter one on each count, with no plea bargaining for lesser charge.

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