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Proposed law makes leaving scene of accident in Texas a second-degree felony

According to the San Antonio Express-News, Texas lawmakers are considering whether or not to make leaving the scene of a car wreck a second-degree felony, rather than what it is now, a third-degree felony.

Senate Bill 275, as it's called, went through the Senate and goes to the House next. If lawmakers pass the bill, the new law will close a "disparity" that apparently tempts drunk drivers to leave the scene of an accident.

In order to close the gap in logic here, we must leave aside for the moment a big question. That is, will tougher punishment for leaving the scene of an accident make a difference in the decision-making process of those who cause a wreck and decide to drive away?

Probably not.

But that's the apparent reasoning behind the bill, when considering state senator Kirk Watson's statement that drunk drivers were leaving the scene of accidents to avoid more punishment.

As the San Antonio Express-News reports, a crime like intoxication manslaughter is charged as a second-degree felony. If leaving the scene of an accident is also charged as a second-degree felony, the punitive measure would presumably cause drunk drivers to think twice about leaving the scene.

At Tyler & Peery, we handle all type of motor vehicle accidents that happen from a variety of causes, from drunk driving to texting to speeding. To learn more, please visit our San Antonio car accidents page.

Source: Senate toughens punishment on fleeing an accident

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