COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Ohio House passed a bill to increase penalties for drivers who don't stop after accidents resulting in death or serious injury to a person.
Under current law, motorists who leave accident scenes typically face a first-degree misdemeanor charge. If someone is seriously hurt, it increases to a fifth-degree felony with a possible one-year prison sentence. If the accidents result in death, drivers could face up to three years in prison.
The measure approved Wednesday on an 86-1 vote would increase the penalty for death or serious injury to a second-degree felony, punishable by up to eight years in prison.
The measure now goes to the Senate.
Legislative analysts describe the number of cases in which the penalty enhancements will come into play as "extremely small."
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