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Harsher punishment for hit-and-run drivers

Posted at 2:07 PM, Sep 29, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-29 17:07:08-04

Stiffer penalties start Oct. 1 for drivers who are in car crashes and hurt people, then run away.

Drivers who crash and badly hurt, even kill, someone else, then try to run will be guaranteed at least two years behind bars. This is thanks to Senate Bill 245 passing the most recent legislative session. Right now, hit-and-run drivers in Nevada could just get off with probation.
Officers say drunk drivers often try to leave the scene of a crash to get a lighter punishment.
Robin Wynkoop testified before state lawmakers about the driver who killed her mom, then tried to run.
"You thought you were going to hide out and get get away with this and say, 'life goes on, who cares?' Hell no!" said Wynkoop.
Lawmakers and enforcers say this is some of the toughest punishment hit-and-run drivers face nationwide.