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State lawmakers support new bill strenghtening hit-and-run penalties

FLORIDA  --  Some state lawmakers and Attorney General Pam Bondi are throwing their support behind a new bill that would strengthen penalties against hit-and-run offenders.

The Aaron Cohen Life Protection Act would make the penalty for a hit-and-run death a minimum mandatory sentence of four years.
   
Florida Highway Patrol statistics show an average of about three people per week were killed in 2013 by a hit-and-run driver.
   
Lawmakers hope the bill would deter drivers from fleeing a scene.