Hit and run car accidents continue to plague Texas law enforcement. In Travis County, there were three hit-and-run crashes in February alone, and two of them were fatal. The state legislature has recently taken up the issue in the hopes of lowering the number of hit-and-run car accident victims throughout the state.
New legislation is said to await only the governor's signature. It addresses hit and run tragedies where the victim dies. Once enacted, leaving the scene of a fatal accident will be elevated to a second degree felony. The new law is intended to close a perceived loophole in current law. Under existing law, a drunk driver that flees the scene of a fatal crash may actually face lesser consequences than if they stayed and submitted to blood/alcohol testing.