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New bill stiffens hit-and-run penalties

A new bill is being considered in Florida that would stiffen penalties for drivers involved in hit and run crashes.

The bill is being introduced after the 2012 death of 36-year-old Aaron Cohen in South Florida. The driver involved in the accident took of, and turned himself in later.

Some believe the driver was drinking and turned himself in after sobering up. The new legislation would enforce mandatory minimums that include suspending the driver's license for three years.   

It would also make hit and runs with serious injury a 2nd degree felony, punishable by up to ten years in prison.

"Anytime there is a change for behavior that's good for people who are on the road, especially bikes or pedestrians its gonna be good."

The bill will be discussed at a committee meeting the week of September 3rd.