New York – NYC Moves To Strengthen Hit-run Penalties

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    FILE - New York Fire Department officers watch as New York Police Department (NYPD) officers work to right a truck that had flipped on its side in an accident in New York April 26, 2013. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson New York – New York City is moving to strengthen penalties for drivers who leave the scene of an accident.

    The City Council voted Wednesday to increase civil penalties for hit-and-runs.

    Under the legislation, a fatal hit-run accident would trigger a penalty of up to $15,000. The bill also creates a new set of penalties for repeat offenders.

    In a related move, the council has approved legislation requiring police to compile more data on hit-run crashes.

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