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Hit and Run suspects face tougher penalties in Florida

Drivers who flee the scene of an accident will now face tougher penalties in Florida.

Hit and run offenders who kill someone face a mandatory minimum of four years in prison.
   
Drunk drivers who flee will also see prison time bumped up to four years. 
   
The new law is named for Aaron Cohen, a Miami cyclist who was struck and killed by a hit and run driver in 2012. 
   
The driver who killed him admitted he was drunk but prosecutors couldn't prove it.
   
The driver served less than two years in jail for leaving the scene of a fatal accident.

"Now it enhances the penalties. When you leave the scene you're making yourself a bigger criminal than you were prior. The message is, stay at the scene and you won't go to jail."

The Florida Highway Patrol hopes that by highlighting the increased penalties, fewer people will leave the scene of a crash.