Proposed New Law to Increase Penalties for PA Hit & Run Drivers

Posted on: July 10th, 2012       Attorney Thomas Newell

On March 10, 2010 the Pennsylvania State Senate held a hearing on the ongoing problems with hit and run drivers in Pennsylvania.  As noted on, there are currently 2 bills under consideration to significantly increase jail time for hit & run drivers who seriously injure or kill others: S.B. 522 and S.B. 1177.

Senate Bill 1049 would result in more jail time for hit & run drivers who are driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the crash.  Currently, the PA Motor Vehicle Code does not punish hit & run drivers who are impaired more than sober drivers.