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  • PART I ADMINISTRATION OF THE GOVERNMENT
  • TITLE XIV PUBLIC WAYS AND WORKS
  • CHAPTER 90B MOTORBOATS, OTHER VESSELS AND RECREATIONAL VEHICLES
  • Section 26B Negligent or reckless operation of snow or recreation vehicle; leaving the scene of an accident; negligent or reckless operation of snow or recreation vehicle resulting in serious bodily injury or death; punishment

Section 26B. (a) Whoever operates a snow vehicle or recreation vehicle recklessly or operates a snow vehicle or a recreation vehicle negligently so that the lives or safety of the public might be endangered shall be punished by a fine of not less than $250 nor more than $1,000.

(b) Whoever operates a snow vehicle or recreation vehicle and, without stopping and making known his name, address and the registration number of his snow vehicle or recreation vehicle, leaves the scene after knowingly colliding with or otherwise causing injury to another snow vehicle or recreation vehicle or property shall be punished by a fine of not less than $250 nor more than $1,000; provided, however, that the damage to property shall be greater than $500.

(c) Whoever operates a snow vehicle or a recreation vehicle and, without stopping and making known his name, address and the registration number of his snow vehicle or recreation vehicle, leaves the scene after knowingly colliding with or otherwise causing bodily injury to another shall be punished by a fine of not less than $500 nor more than $1,000.

(d) Whoever operates a snow vehicle or a recreation vehicle recklessly or negligently so that the lives or safety of the public might be endangered and, by such operation, causes serious bodily injury, shall be punished by imprisonment in a jail or house of correction for not more than 2 and one-half years or by a fine of not less than $300 nor more than $5,000, or by both such fine and imprisonment. For the purposes of this section “serious bodily injury” shall mean bodily injury which creates a substantial risk of death or which involves either total disability or the loss or substantial impairment of some bodily function for a substantial period of time.

(e) Whoever operates a snow vehicle or a recreation vehicle recklessly or negligently so that the lives or safety of the public might be endangered, and by such operation causes the death of another person, shall be punished by imprisonment in a jail or house of correction for not more than 2 and one-half years or by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than 5 years or by a fine of not more than $5,000, or by both such fine and imprisonment.