A new law makes it a mandatory minimum sentence of 4 years or more for a hit and run crash depending on the severity of the case. Garin Flowers, First Coast News
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.