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Loophole in Florida Hit & Run law incentive for drivers to run
A loophole in Florida law gives drunken drivers an incentive to run if they are in a fatal accident...
State lawmakers are closing in on hit and run drivers.
For each of the last two years more than 70,000 people here in Florida had been the victim of a hit and run driver.
Helen Witty MADD
"80% of all hit-and-runs are DUI. And that's huge. We need to stop that."
Killing someone while driving drunk carries a four year minimum sentence in state prison. There are no minimum sentences for someone who isn't drunk. Advocates say the discrepancy is a loophole being user far too often.
Sally Matson MADD
"People are able to leave the scene of a crash, go home and metabolize the alcohol, turn themselves in later, and the evidence is gone. There's no DUI"
On average just over three people are killed by a hit and run driver every week here in Florida. The legislation is being named for Miami-man, bicyclist Aaron Cohen, he was one of the 2012 statistics.