HB 1084, the “End Hit and Run Loophole” bill, passed the Colorado legislature in early May. On June 6, 2012, Governor Hickenlooper officially signed the bill into law. Bicycle Colorado member and hit-and-run survivor Ernie Stefely, who testified in favor of the bill during legislative hearings, was mentioned by bill sponsors Representatives Kathleen Conti and Rhonda Fields in their comments.
Laws like this one protect all road users, especially bicyclists and pedestrians. BikeDenver is very pleased to have a law in place that “increases the possible penalties for leaving the scene of a serious bodily injury crash from a class 5 felony to a class 4 making it equivalent to possible penalties for drunk driving.” (Bicycle Colorado) This bill became law because of the support of advocates, legislators, members of the bike community and the governor. Thank you to every person and group that played a bike-positive role in this process!
For more information and details about HB 1084, please visit the Bicycle Colorado “End Hit and Run Loophole” page.