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HOUSE BILL NO. 371
INTRODUCED BY J. COBB
AN ACT INCREASING THE DOLLAR AMOUNT OF PROPERTY DAMAGE THAT MUST BE SUSTAINED IN AN ACCIDENT BEFORE A MOTOR VEHICLE OPERATOR IS REQUIRED TO IMMEDIATELY OR IN WRITING REPORT THE ACCIDENT; INCREASING THE DOLLAR AMOUNT OF PROPERTY DAMAGE THAT MUST BE SUSTAINED BEFORE AN INVESTIGATING LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER IS REQUIRED TO SUBMIT A WRITTEN REPORT; AMENDING SECTIONS 61-7-108 AND 61-7-109, MCA; AND PROVIDING A DELAYED EFFECTIVE DATE.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MONTANA:
Section 1. Section 61-7-108, MCA, is amended to read:
"61-7-108. Immediate notice of accidents. The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to or
death of any person or property damage to an apparent extent of
$250 $500 or more shall immediately by the quickest
means of communication give notice of such the accident to the local police department if such the accident occurs within a
municipality, otherwise to the office of the county sheriff or the nearest office of the highway patrol."
Section 2. Section 61-7-109, MCA, is amended to read:
"61-7-109. Written reports of accidents -- additional information -- form of report. (1) The operator of
motor vehicle which that is in any manner involved in an accident within this state in which any a person is killed or injured
or in which damage to the property of any one a person in excess of $400 $1,000 is sustained shall, within 10 days after such
the accident, report the matter in writing to the department unless the accident was investigated and reported by a law
enforcement officer as provided in subsection (3).
(2) The department may require
any the driver of a vehicle involved in an accident of which report must be made as
provided in this section to file supplemental reports whenever the original report is insufficient and may require witnesses of
accidents to render reports.
Every A law enforcement officer who in the regular course of duty investigates a motor vehicle accident in which
any a person is killed or injured or in which damage to the property of any a person exceeds $400 $1,000, either at the time
of and at the scene of the accident or thereafter after the accident by interviewing participants or witnesses, shall within 10
days after completing the investigation forward a written report of the accident to the department.
(4) The form of the accident report required under this section
shall must contain information sufficient to enable the
department to determine whether the requirements for the deposit of security for safety responsibility are inapplicable by
reason of the existence of insurance or other exemptions specified in chapter 6 of this title.
(5) A report required by subsection (1) or (2) may not be used as evidence in any trial, civil or criminal, arising out of an accident."
Section 3. Effective date. [This act] is effective January 1, 2000.
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