PA House Approves Tougher Hit and Run Penalties

Posted on: April 29th, 2011       Attorney Thomas Newell

On April 4, 2011, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed House Bill 208. If this bill becomes law, drunk drivers who flee the scene of an accident will not be able to receive less prison time than those who stop and provide aid to the injured victim. A loophole in PA’s current laws actually encourage drunk drivers to flee the scene of an accident according to the bill’s author, Rep. Dave Reed.

Currently, a fatal hit and run conviction is a 3rd degree felony with a mandatory minimum prison term of 1 year. A drunk driver who is engaged in an accident that results in serious injury or death is guilty of a 2nd degree felony with a 3 year minimum prison sentence. This discrepancy encourages drunk drivers to flee the scene of serious accidents. The proposed bill would make the prison sentences identical in either fact situation.

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