NYC Moves to Strengthen Hit-and-Run Penalties

NEW YORK (AP) -

New York City is moving to strengthen penalties for drivers who leave the scene of an accident.

The City Council voted Wednesday to increase civil penalties for hit-and-runs.

Under the legislation, a fatal hit-and-run accident would trigger a penalty of up to $15,000. The bill also creates a new set of penalties for repeat offenders.

In a related move, the council has approved legislation requiring police to compile more data on hit-and-run crashes.