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Governor Scott signs stricter legislation against hit-and-run drivers

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KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (WSVN) -- Governor Scott made an appearance in South Florida on Wednesday to sign new legislation meant to drive change.

The new legislation stems from a hit and run accident that left a South Florida bicyclist dead. A new Florida law called, The Aaron Cohen Life Protection Act imposes harsher penalties on hit and run drivers. It demands a minimum four-year jail sentence for drivers who leave the scene of an accident.

The law is named after a South Florida man who was killed while cycling in Key Biscayne. Aaron Cohen was fatally struck by hit and run driver Michele Traverso on the Rickenbacker Causeway in February 2012 while cycling. Traverso was sentenced to 364 days in jail.

Governor Scott met with Cohen's widow and family on Wednesday before signing the legislation. "It's so important to us because not only was my husband killed right over there in a hit and run accident, the driver left the scene," said Cohen's widow. "It's not only the tragedy of him being killed, but it's the absolute deplorable act of leaving the scene."

"What I appreciate is our legislature. This happened a year-and-a-half ago and the legislature reacted. They've increased he penalties, so hopefully this doesn't happen to somebody again. You can't imagine how something like this would change somebody's life," said Governor Scott.

The Aaron Cohen Life Protection Act went into effect July 1.

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