An assistant to Representative Dave Reed (District 62), the bill's primary sponsor, gave the following explanation: "Because of the committee members' resistance to increasing mandatory minimums, this change was viewed as a reasonable compromise that would allow us to move forward on this issue. We believe that the committee amendment still addresses the issue that we had hoped to resolve - the disparate treatment of homicide while DUI and hit and run homicide. "
16% of pedestrians and 14% of cyclists killed in Pennsylvania between 2007 and 2009 were killed by hit and run. We hope this new law will reduce the incidences of hit and runs.
Breaking News! Governor Corbett signed HB 208 on July 5, 2012.