Gov. Scott considers stricter hit-and-run law

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Back in February, Brian Anderson and his wife were biking home, when the unthinkable happened. "I thought she was dead."

A car struck his wife along Palm Valley Road in Ponte Vedra.

"We had gotten over, crossed to the grass and I hear this loud bang, I screamed out to God, no, no no no."

She was hit by the passenger mirror of the van, then airlifted to UF-Health Jacksonville.

This is a problem happening too common in Florida authorities say. From 2012 to 2013, hit-and-run crashes went up by about by about 6,000 accidents.

"Once you leave a scene you're making yourself a criminal and that's the important aspect that people need to understand," said Captain Nancy Rasmussen, spokeswoman for the Florida Highway Patrol.

Lawmakers hear this issue loud and clear. During session, they unanimously passed the Aaron Cohen Life Protection Act.

It ensures a mandatory minimum sentence of four years for those who flee a crash scene depending on the severity of the case. It also requires the court to revoke their driver's license for at least three years.

"It's a simple procedure just to wait for law enforcement and take care of what you're supposed to do," Rasmussen said.

Lawmakers hope this law prevents a bad situation from getting worse. As for Anderson, his wife did survive the crash.

If the governor signs the bill, it takes effect July 1.


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