Austin, Texas (KTSM) — El Paso sees dozens of hit and run accidents ever year, and Texas lawmakers have had enough. Starting September 1st, the penalty for hit-and-run fatalities will be equal to that for intoxicated manslaughter. Currently, it is a third-degree felony, carrying a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.
The new law raises the offense to a second-degree felony, with a maximum penalty of 20 years. Another new law makes failure to stop and render aid after an accident that may have caused injury punishable by up to 10 years.