Proposed Law: Hit-and-Run Driver Should Lose License

A proposed law would require automatic suspension of a driver's license in the event of any hit-and-run crash

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    A bill proposing hit-and-run drivers lose their licenses as punishment cleared committee Tuesday.

    Assemblymember Mike Gatto (D) sponsors the bill AB 1532 that suggests the punishment for a hit-and-run driver who doesn’t stop after striking a pedestrian should be automatic suspension of the driver’s license.

    The law would apply even if the victim’s injuries were minor.

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    The Assembly Public Safety Committee approved the proposed legislation 7-0.

    The California Public Defenders Association argued against the proposal. The group says that under existing law, charges have been appropriate when there has been any injury, not matter how minor.

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    According to a San Diego criminal defense attorney, current law requires fines of about $1000-$1,200, 8 to 12 hours of Level II traffic school, and two points on a driver's record for a misdemeanor hit-and-run crash. There would likely be no immediate impact to your drivers license.