Disregarding signal to stop; endangerment of operation of law-enforcement officer, penalty. (HB113)

Introduced By

Del. Lee Ware (R-Powhatan)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Disregarding signal to stop; death of person; penalties. Provides that if a person is killed, whether as the direct or indirect result of the actions of a driver who has disregarded an officer's signal to stop his motor vehicle and who operates his motor vehicle in a willful and wanton disregard of such signal so as to interfere with or endanger the operation of the law-enforcement vehicle or endanger a person, the driver is guilty of a Class 4 felony. The bill also increases the penalty for disregarding a signal from a law-enforcement officer to stop or attempting to escape or elude a law-enforcement officer from a Class 3 misdemeanor to a Class 1 misdemeanor. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/17/2007Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 084324780
12/17/2007Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
12/18/2007Impact statement from VCSC (HB113)
01/10/2008Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
01/31/2008Impact statement from DPB (HB113)
02/01/2008Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2008Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/04/2008Committee substitute printed 080827780-H1
02/04/2008Impact statement from VCSC (HB113H1)
02/05/2008Assigned App. sub: Public Safety (Sherwood)
02/05/2008Impact statement from DPB (HB113H1)
02/08/2008Reported from Appropriations (23-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2008Read first time
02/11/2008Read second time
02/11/2008Committee substitute agreed to 080827780-H1
02/11/2008Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB113H1
02/12/2008Read third time and passed House (98-Y 1-N)
02/12/2008VOTE: --- PASSAGE (98-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2008Communicated to Senate
02/13/2008Constitutional reading dispensed
02/13/2008Referred to Committee on Transportation
02/21/2008Rereferred from Transportation (15-Y 0-N)
02/21/2008Rereferred to Courts of Justice
02/22/2008Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
02/28/2008Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (10-Y 0-N)
02/29/2008Committee substitute printed 081576780-S1
02/29/2008Impact statement from VCSC (HB113S1)
03/03/2008Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
03/04/2008Read third time
03/04/2008Reading of substitute waived
03/04/2008Committee substitute agreed to 081576780-S1
03/04/2008Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB113S1
03/04/2008Passed Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N)
03/05/2008VOTE: --- ADOPTION (1-Y 94-N)
03/05/2008Placed on Calendar
03/05/2008Senate substitute rejected by House (1-Y 94-N)
03/05/2008VOTE: --- REJECTED (1-Y 94-N)
03/06/2008Senate insisted on substitute (40-Y 0-N)
03/06/2008Senate requested conference committee
03/06/2008House acceded to request
03/06/2008Conferees appointed by House
03/06/2008Delegates: Ware, R.L., Cline, Valentine
03/06/2008Conferees appointed by Senate
03/06/2008Senators: Puckett, Watkins, Ticer
03/07/2008Reading of conference report waived
03/07/2008Conference report agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
03/07/2008Conference report agreed to by House (96-Y 0-N)
03/07/2008VOTE: --- ADOPTION (96-Y 0-N)
03/24/2008Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB113ER)
03/24/2008Signed by Speaker
03/26/2008Signed by President
04/02/2008G Approved by Governor-Chapter 773 (effective 7/1/08)
04/03/2008Impact statement from DPB (HB113ER)


Buddy writes:

A class 3 misdemeanor for wantonly disregarding a police signal to stop is ridiculous. It's about time somebody proposed a law to increase the penalty on that. (The felony eluding kicks in when the behavior presents a danger to any person.)