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Hit and runs could soon face stiffer penalties
Hit and run drivers could soon face stiffer penalties.
Bicyclists, motor cycle riders, and pedestrian advocates are all pushing a bill to add jail time for those that flee.
Under current law, many who are driving under the influence leave the scene to sober up and face just 22 months in prison for leaving an accident, while DUI convictions carry at least four years behind bars.
Legislation being heard tomorrow would remove the incentive to leave.
"You've taken somebody's life and you could just get 22 months, right now we're changing that. We're working to make it be equivalent to DUI manslaughter which is a mandatory minimum of four years."
The legislation also creates stiffer penalties for anyone who injures a bike rider or pedestrian.