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New bill would strengthen penalties against hit-and-run offenders

Lawmakers across Florida 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.
   
The bill stems from a hit-and-run that killed Patty Cohen's husband, Aaron. 
Cohen was on an early morning bike ride when he was struck and killed by a drunk driver in Miami.
   
The driver turned himself in 18 hours later, and received a sentence of only 22 months.
"We can only do so much to change people and one thing we can do is change the law and make the law represent what we believe and how things should be."

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.