Proposed Bill Increases Penalties for Car Chase Murders
Legislation drafted after a Hernando County Deputy lost his life in a car chase would toughen penalties for people who flee police.
The John Mecklenburg Act would require a murder charge for drivers that lead police on a chase that kills someone. State Senator Mike Fasano sponsored the bill in honor of the fallen deputy.
Currently drivers who kill people in police chases face a third degree murder. If the governor signs the bill drivers could be charged with first or second degree murder.
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