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Responding to rise in hit-runs, South Florida legislator proposes stiffening penalties

Fatal hit and runs have become so common in South Florida that at least one state lawmaker is asking for stiffer sentences to try to stem them.


Statistics show that deadly hit and runs occur nearly once a week in the tri-county area.


Alarmed by an increase in such crashes, state Sen. Miguel Diaz de la Portilla, R-Miami, has introduced legislation that would impose tougher mandatory sentences on guilty drivers.

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