MPs call for longer sentences for hit-and-run drivers as punishments are 'scandalously low'

MPs debated the issue of fleeing the scene of incidents after two petitions reached 100,000 signatures

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MPs are calling for longer sentences for those convicted of hit-and-run offences, with one claiming the current law provides drink or drug drivers an incentive to flee the scene of crashes.

Christina Rees, the Labour MP for Neath, told a House of Commons debate that the maximum sentence of six months for drivers who leave the scene of an accident is far too short, especially considering they can avoid being tested for drink or drugs. 

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