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Bicycle Colorado announces support for the “End the Hit and Run Loophole” Act (HB12-1084) introduced in the Colorado House by Representatives Kathleen Conti (R) and Rhonda Fields (D). The act will increase the penalty for a hit-and-run crash causing serious bodily injury from a Class 5 felony to a more serious Class 4, removing a dangerous loophole in Colorado law by giving a hit-and-run offense the same penalty as drunk driving.

At present it is better to flee and avoid getting caught drunk than it is to stay at the scene.

Hit-and-run crashes disproportionately affect people who walk and ride bicycles. Bicycle and pedestrian fatalities are four times more likely to be the result of a hit and run than other roadway crashes. The difference between life and death may be the immediate help that is offered at the time of the crash.

The bill will soon be heard in the Judiciary Committee, and we will keep you updated on its progress. For more information, go to the legislative page on our website.

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