Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law on Saturday a bill that addresses the high number of hit-and-run offenses in California.
The legislation, AB 184, introduced by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake), extends the current three-year statute of limitations for hit-and-run offenses to six years from the date of the incident.
“AB 184 will allow victims of hit-and-runs and law enforcement to obtain justice from cowards who do everything possible to avoid responsibility for their actions,” Gatto said in a statement. “Thousands of hit-and-run victims suffer life-threatening injuries annually. Allowing the perpetrators to avoid prosecution just adds insult to these injuries.”