State hopes to curb hit-and-run crashes

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The state fell just shy of 70,000 cases of hit-and-run accidents on the road back in 2012, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

This year, state lawmakers voted to crack down on those drivers who leave the scene of a crash.

They unanimously passed the "Aaron Cohen Life Protection Act." It's named after Cohen, a Miami cyclist, who was killed by a driver who fled the scene.

Many were upset by the sentence he was given of less than a year. The new bill makes it a mandatory minimum sentence of four years or more - depending on the severity - for someone who's involved in a hit and run car accident.

It also requires courts to revoke driver licenses for at least 3 years of a person convicted of a hit-and-run.

"We want to work against that, we want to make sure folks aren't having these hit-and-run type accidents and then thinking they can leave and not be held accountable," said State Representative Alan Williams, a Tallahassee democratic.

That bill has yet to be signed by the governor.


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