Hit-Run Drivers get Lawmakers’ Attention
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – California currently holds the dubious distinction of ‘hit-and-run capital of the US’.In response to that, the State Assembly has passed a bill ensuring convicted drivers are held accountable.
“Strengthening our penalty structure is a necessary step toward deterring potential offenders, protecting victims, and creating greater roadway safety,” Assemblyman Eric Linder, R-Corona, said.
Current laws allow defendants to evade license suspension by pleading guilty to the crime. AB 2088 requires the immediate 6-month license suspension or court-ordered community service for defendants who commit a hit-and-run with injury, but plead down to a lesser charge.
During the past 4-years, the number of hit-and-run incidents in Riverside County has increased 51%.