Gov. Scott considers tougher hit-and-run penalties

TALLAHASSEE, Florida -- There's an alarming upward trend on Florida's roads that has lawmakers taking action. There could soon be a new law strengthening the penalty for drivers in a hit and run accident.

From 2012 to 2013, hit-and-run crashes went up by about 6,000 accidents. Hillsborough County sees about 4,100 of them a year.

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Gov. Rick Scott must soon make a decision whether to sign a bill that cracks down on drivers who flee the scene of a crash.

The measure would ensure a mandatory minimum sentence of four years depending on the severity of the case. It also requires the court to revoke their driver's license for at least three years.

"Once you leave a scene you're making yourself a criminal. It's a simple procedure, just to wait for law enforcement and take care of what you're supposed to do," said Capt. Nancy Rasmussen, a spokeswoman for the Florida Highway Patrol.

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This law was named after Aaron Cohen, of Miami, who was killed in a hit and run accident. Many believe the driver received a lenient sentence.

Scott has until June 28 to make a decision on whether to sign or veto the bill.


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