Greater City Providence

WPRI: Bill would increase hit-and-run penalties

walkinpvd-iconA state senator is working to pass legislation that will crack down on hit-and-run drivers.

Under the bill, drivers who take off would be guilty of a felony and could be fined up to $5,000, spend a year in jail, and have their license suspended for a year.

Jef Nickerson

Jef is Greater City Providence's co-founder, editor, and publisher. He grew up on Cape Cod and lived in Boston; Portland, Maine; and New York before settling in Providence. In addition to urbanism, Jef is interested in art, design, and ice cream. Please feel free to contact Jef if you have any question or comments about Greater City Providence.

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  • I wonder, what percent of hit and run perpetrators are apprehended and charged? It seems that by the time this law applies, its very much too late in the game, and increases the stakes to ensure that if a driver does leave the scene, they will not willingly turn themselves in and will work harder to remain undiscovered.

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