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N.Y. Vehicle & Traffic Law 601 - Leaving scene of injury to certain animals without reporting

§ 601. Leaving scene of injury to certain animals without reporting. Any person operating a motor vehicle which shall strike and injure any horse, dog, cat or animal classified as cattle shall stop and endeavor to locate the owner or custodian of such animal or a police, peace or judicial officer of the vicinity, and take any other reasonable and appropriate action so that the animal may have necessary attention, and shall also promptly report the matter to such owner, custodian or officer (or if no one of such has been located, then to a police officer of some other nearby community), exhibiting his or her license and insurance identification card for such vehicle, when such card is required pursuant to articles six and eight of this chapter, giving his or her name and residence, including street and street number, insurance carrier and insurance identification information and license number. Violation of this section shall be punishable by a fine of not more than one hundred dollars for a first offense and by a fine of not less than fifty nor more than one hundred fifty dollars for a second offense and each subsequent offense; provided, however where the animal that has been struck and injured is a guide dog, hearing dog or service dog, as such terms are defined in section forty-seven-b of the civil rights law which is actually engaged in aiding or guiding a person with a disability, a violation of this section shall be publishable by a fine of not less than fifty nor more than one hundred fifty dollars for a first offense and by a fine of not less than one hundred fifty dollars nor more than three hundred dollars for a second offense and each subsequent offense.

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William Meegan: ...
I was in an accident an was unsure as to whether to report it to the Police seeing another car was not involved. I talked to my boss and within ten minutes the Police were called. They cam to my job and I drove the car to the scene with the Police following. I cooperated with them to the fullest with no intent anytime of hiding the accident. However, they gave me a ticket for leaving the scene of an accident involving an animal. The accident happened because another car went alongside me an spook me and I went to the left and hit a telephone pole causing no damage the I could see.

The questions I have are: is the intent of the law to give me a ticket even thought I called the Police and cooperated in everyway and had no intent of breaking the law? Can the ticket hold up even thought the Police Officer cited the wrong section of the law?
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October 23, 2012
Steven Daily: ...
William,

It is unclear to me how you violated the law. Under section 600 of the New York Vehicle and Traffic Law you cannot leave the scene of an incident in which there has been property damage, but you don't mention any property damage. And certainly the prosecution will have a hard time in court when it comes out that you were charged under the wrong section. I expect your case will be dismissed. Good luck to you!

Steve Daily
LawServer.com
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October 23, 2012
Keith Hecht: ...

Good info about auto transport.
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January 02, 2014

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