HIT AND RUN: SHERIFF CARMINE MARCENO DISCUSSES THE CONSEQUENCES OF LEAVING THE SCENE OF A CRASH
On July 1, 2014, the “Aaron Cohen Life Protection Act” was signed into law following the death of a cyclist struck by an alcohol-impaired driver.
The act (section 316.027 of the Florida Statutes) created a mandatory minimum of four years for a driver leaving the scene of a fatal crash.
The law requires drivers involved in collisions…whether the result is property damage, injuries or fatalities…to remain at the scene.
Drivers leaving the scene of a crash inflicting property damage are committing a second degree misdemeanor punishable by up to 60 days of incarceration and a $500 fine.
Drivers leaving the scene of a crash inflicting injury have committed a second or third degree felony, dependent upon the circumstances, and are subject to having their drivers license revoked for at least three years and subject to imprisonment for up to five years. Additionally, a $5,000 fine may be imposed.
Lastly, drivers leaving the scene of a crash involving a fatality have committed a first degree felony, will have their license revoked for a minimum of three years and face a MANDATORY MINIMUM prison sentence of four years…UP TO A MAXIMUM OF 30 YEARS…and a fine of $10,000.
Accidents happen. Stay at the scene.