Lawmaker hopes to make a hit-and-run a felony

Lawmaker hopes to make a hit-and-run a felony

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SALT LAKE CITY -- A Utah lawmaker wants to upgrade the state's hit-and-run laws to bring them in line with those found in most other states.

There have been five recent cases to spotlight the problem, including April 21 when a bicyclist was critically injured along 900 South when a car turned into him and left the scene.

Lawmaker hopes to make a hit-and-run a felony

Representative Chris Herrod, R-Provo, told KSL's Nightside Project he is introducing legislation next year to make such situations felonies.

"I've talked to Senate leadership. I've got a fairly powerful senator that's willing to take the bill. But it will all come down to money," he said.

Utah, Montana and Kentucky are the only states where a hit-and-run isn't a felony. A new law this year makes it a felony, but only when there is a death or serious injury and the driver was previously convicted for a DUI.


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