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What’s for dinner? Bill to change roadkill laws passes Virginia House

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A bill aimed at changing the law surrounding the rights of drivers who cause traffic accidents has passed unanimously in the Virginia House of Delegates.

invoiceThe bill, introduced by lead sponsor Rep. Tony Wilt (R-34), was approved by the House of Representatives on Tuesday, February 6, by a vote of 98-0.

Currently, if a game animal is struck by a vehicle, the driver must call a conservation officer or local law enforcement agency to come and identify the dead animal and give the driver permission to retrieve the animal. Only the driver of the car has the right to take the animal, and it must take place during the hunting period for the animal.

If this measure becomes law, it will be possible for someone other than the driver to pick up the animal. Before taking the animal, you must contact the authorities to verify the animal and give permission.

However, according to the bill, the new law would no longer apply only to bears and deer, but would now also include turkeys and elk, and would also be independent of hunting seasons.

“Right now, if no one picks up the animal, the animal will be placed back in the hands of VDOT,” Wilt said during the bill’s review in the House Natural Resources Subcommittee. “At certain times of the year, those things pile up and go to landfills because that’s the only thing they have to deal with. We are talking about animals that occur frequently in certain areas of the state, not everywhere.”

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