STATEHOUSE (April 11, 2017) – Legislation sponsored by State Rep. John Young (R-Franklin) that would increase penalties for those who leave the scene of an accident causing multiple injuries could soon become law.
Senate Bill 479 would allow a court to impose consecutive sentences on criminals who leave the scene of an accident that causes injuries to multiple victims. The bill would also increase the penalty from a Level 5 felony to a Level 4 for a habitual traffic violator whose driving privileges have been suspended and they cause the death of another person while driving intoxicated from drugs or alcohol. A Level 4 felony is punishable by up to 12 years in prison.
“Currently, criminal penalties for staying at the scene of an accident and being caught under the influence are stiffer than for leaving,” Young said. “Worse yet, a person that kills or injures more than one person in an accident and leaves the scene can essentially only be punished for one crime.”
Young said that in terms of sentencing, now hit-and-run drivers would be held accountable for every individual seriously injured or killed in the accident.
After being passed by both the House of Representatives and Senate, the bill can now be signed into law by the governor.
State Rep. John Young (R-Franklin) represents portions of Johnson and Morgan Counties.
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