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New law closes loophole for hit-and-run drivers in Nevada

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A law that closes a loophole for hit-and-run drivers in Nevada took effect Thursday.

Before Senate Bill 245, a driver who was involved in a crash that caused substantial bodily harm or property damage and left the scene faced less punishment than a driver who was under the influence at the time of a crash.

“The way the law used to be, in some circumstances, if a driver was impaired, they actually could be rewarded by fleeing the scene of an accident,” said Clark County Prosecutor Brian Rutledge. “Starting on Oct. 1, that is no longer the case.”

Before Thursday, the law allowed people who fled the scene of a crash the chance of pleading the case out and never seeing jail time.

Rutledge said that because of the new law even if a driver is under the influence they are better off staying at the scene of a crash and helping the victims.

“If you flee the scene, and someone has suffered substantial bodily harm, you are going to prison for two to 20 years,” Rutledge said.

Rutledge said county attorneys will make sure that every hit-and-run case is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

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