- Associated Press - Thursday, December 17, 2015

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-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-run crashes.

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