Tough hit-and-run laws take effect Thursday

LAS VEGAS - The toughest hit-and-run laws in the country are about to take effect in Nevada.

Come Thursday, anyone who leaves the scene of a crash where bodily harm was inflicted, they could face two to 20 years in prison with no chance of getting probation. 
"It looks like Nevada has the toughest leaving the scene of a crash law on the books," said State Senator Mark Menendo, D-NV.

The main message law enforcement officers are trying to relay to the public is that if you leave the scene of a major crash, you'll go to prison, so "don't run call 911" PSAs will soon run across the TV screens of everyone in the state.

Sen, Menendo said the old law in the state incentivized leaving the scene of an accident.

Edna Cordero lost her mother and her niece in a deadly hit-and-run crash back in March when a man accused of driving under the influence left after mowing them down at a bus stop.

"He ran, he hid, and he was caught," said Cordero.  "I'm glad he was caught."
 
Cordero was out helping to spread the word about Menendo's bill to increase penalties on Tuesday.

Nevada Highway Patrol Loy Hixson said the culprits are usually drunk or high, or either too scared to report what they did.  Hixson said he hopes those drivers will now stop and render aid to hopefully, save a life.


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