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HIT AND RUN - BAD TO WORSE

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hit & run graphicFlorida has seen an increase of fatal hit and run crashes during the last two years. The Patrol is partnering with the Florida Sheriffs Association, the Florida Police Chiefs Association, Students Against Destructive Decisions and the Florida Department of Transportation to combat the problem. The campaign aims to reduce the number of hit and run crashes in Florida by educating drivers on their responsibilities if involved in a crash and the consequences they face if they leave a crash scene.

link to Active Hit & Runs website What to do after a crash:

  • CALL law enforcement.
  • REMAIN calm.
  • ATTAIN vehicle, witness and driver information.
  • SKETCH the scene, showing vehicle crash locations.
  • HELP the injured.

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A few hit and run facts for Florida:

  • Hit and run crashes involving fatalities increased 23 percent from 2013 to 2014.
  • The number of hit and run crashes statewide has increased 7 percent from 2013 to 2014.
  • Nearly half of the hit and run fatalities in 2014 were pedestrians, a 17 percent increase from 2013.
  • 25 percent of all crashes are hit and run crashes.

What does Florida law say?

Effective July 1, 2014 - Drivers Leaving the Scene of a Crash - 316.027

Creates the "Aaron Cohen Life Protection Act." Requires the driver of a vehicle involved in a crash that results in serious bodily injury to a person to immediately stop the vehicle and remain at the scene of the crash. Imposes a mandatory minimum sentence, with respect to cases involving DUI and death, by increasing the penalty for leaving the scene:

  • Changes the charge for leaving the scene of a crash resulting in serious bodily injury to a person to a 2nd degree felony, rather than a 3rd degree felony;
  • Imposes a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 4 years for a driver convicted of leaving the scene of a crash resulting in the death of a person;
  • Increases the mandatory minimum term of imprisonment from 2 to 4 years for a driver convicted of leaving the scene of a crash resulting in the death of a person while driving under the influence (DUI);
  • Imposes a minimum driver license revocation period of at least 3 years, and driver education requirements for leaving the scene of a crash;
  • If the victim is a "vulnerable road user," offenses for leaving the scene of a crash are ranked one level higher than specified in the Criminal Punishment Code;
  • Authorizes a defendant to make a motion in court to depart from the mandatory minimum term of imprisonment for leaving the scene of a crash resulting in death, unless the violation was committed while the defendant was DUI; and
  • Authorizes the state to object to the defendant's motion and authorizes a court to grant the motion upon a finding that imposition of the mandatory minimum term would constitute or result in an injustice.

 


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