Harsher sentences for leaving an accident scene causing injury or death

Harsher sentences for leaving an accident scene causing injury or death

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Angela Cervantes started this petition to Michigan Governor

My son was involved in a drunk driving accident where someone died due to his decision to get behind a wheel and drive above the legal alcohol limit. His sentence was harsher than someome that is drunk but leaves the scene gets. The reason being that he called in the accident and a breathalyzer was done at scene. Others often leave the scene and turn themselves in days later after the alcohol is no longer in their system. He took responsibility for his mistake that day from the very beginning. He does not regret calling in the acdident but is confused on why others that flee to avoid drunk driving charges are given a much less sentence. If you leave the scene you should recieve harsher sentence than a driver that stays or calls it in. Help me change the law. Make those that run be held more accountable then the honest person. A person that leaves a scene can be hiding anything, whether it be intoxication, drugs, or any other matter. This also causes more police investigation and tax payer money spent to solve a crime. My son was told by several lawyers he should have left the scene that day and he would have probably gotten much less time. How much sense does this make? He made a decision on that day, at that moment to call the police and report the accident. Now he sits in prison mourning a person he never met. He would never have been able to live at all had he not taken responsibility as he did. Make a law that demands you not leave a scene and if you do leave let it be a harsher sentence then those that stay. Demand this with me please. If we lose this fight people will continue to run and not take responsibility while those that do take responsibility are punished to severe lengths. 

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