Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release


March 26, 2014
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Attorney General Bondi's Statement on the Senate's Unanimous Passage of the Aaron Cohen Life Protection Act

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi issued the following statement regarding the Senate’s unanimous passage of the Aaron Cohen Life Protection Act.

“The Aaron Cohen Life Protection Act will help protect Floridians by cracking down on hit-and-runs. I am grateful to Senator Diaz de la Portilla and the Florida Senate for their unanimous support of this bill, which will remove the incentive for drunk drivers to flee the scene of an accident,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi.

Under current Florida law, there is a minimum mandatory sentence of four years in prison for killing someone while driving under the influence. In contrast, a driver who leaves the scene of an accident that kills someone faces a much lighter sentence. In the case of cyclist Aaron Cohen, the driver who killed Aaron and left the scene received less than a year in jail.