New Florida Law Takes Effect July 1: Tougher Penalties for Hit-and-Run Drivers

Florida driversAttention Florida drivers and permit holders – Stay safe and remember to share the road when you take to the streets! In an effort to make the roads safer for everyone, Florida Governor Rick Scott has signed the “Aaron Cohen Act”, designed to intensify penalties for hit and run drivers, into law. The primary aim of the bill is to increase penalties for drivers who leave the scene of an accident. The bill was named after Aaron Cohen, a Florida resident who was killed in a 2012 hit-and-run accident in Miami while he was on his bicycle.

As reported by CBS Miami, the new law imposes a mandatory minimum term for imprisonment of four years for a driver convicted of leaving the scene of a crash resulting in the death of a person. It also increases the mandatory minimum term of imprisonment from two to four years for a driver convicted of leaving the scene of a crash resulting in the death of a person while driving under the influence and imposing a minimum driver license revocation period of at least three years (CBS Miami).

First-time drivers need to be aware not only of this new law regarding hit-and-run penalties, but numerous laws and regulations that apply to Florida drivers. Get educated on Florida’s laws, how alcohol and drugs impact driving skills and many important safe driving strategies by taking GDL Institute’s Drug and Alcohol Course, designed specifically for new drivers.

Let us know what you think! Do you think this new law will help to make the roads safer for Florida drivers?

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