hit and run crashes

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This month is Hit and Run Awareness Month, and the Florida Highway Patrol is reminding motorists to stay at the scene after a crash.

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Governor Rick Scott signed two bills into law Tuesday aimed at making Florida’s roadways safer.

Hit-And-Run Drivers Crackdown

One bill increases penalties for leaving the scene of a crash resulting in the death or injury of a person from a minimum of two to four years in prison. The Aaron Cohen Life Protection Act is named after a cyclist killed in 2012 by a hit-and-run driver.

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This week is Road Safety Week in Florida, and to commemorate the week, state lawmakers joined by law enforcement gave an update Wednesday on several traffic safety bills that are moving—and may not be moving—in the Legislature.

Road Safety Week Highlights Traffic Safety

Florida Sheriff’s Association Executive Director Steve Casey says Road Safety Week is a time to honor and remember traffic accident victims who have been killed or injured.

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The Florida Senate approved a slew of measures, teed up some others, and put several measures on hold. They range from an inmate porn ban to a bill stiffening the penalties for hit-and-run drivers.

Flood Insurance Bill

The Florida Senate started off the Session by quickly passing St. Petersburg Republican Senator Jeff Brandes’ Florida Insurance legislation. The measure aims to make it easier for private companies to sell flood insurance.

“Senator Brandes, you are recognized on the bill,” said Senate President Don Gaetz.

A pair of South Florida lawmakers – State Senator Miguel Diaz de la Portilla (R-Miami) and Representative Bryan Nelson (R-Miami) – are co-sponsoring a bill to further discourage hit-and-run drivers.  Diaz de la Portilla said current law levies lighter penalties if drunk drivers flee the scene of an accident. 

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A new campaign is underway to reduce the number hit and run crashes across the state. There’s been an increase in these types of traffic accidents in the past two years. Florida Highway Patrol is hoping to get that number down by educating drivers about their responsibilities through a new campaign launched Monday.