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Driving on bad license? Penalties up
Frustrated state lawmakers have beefed up penalties for those who injure or kill while driving on suspended or revoked licenses.
According to new state laws that went into effect Sept. 21, drivers without licenses can face felony charges, including prison time, for crashes that result in injury or death.
"What has happened, drivers keep driving even on suspended licenses and people are sick of it," said Detective Walter Olsen of the Phoenix Police. "Now we're saying, you keep driving on a suspended license and kill or hurt somebody, we're going to send you to prison."
Under the new penalties, the drivers can be charged with a Class 4 felony, which calls for up to four years in prison and heavy fines, if they cause death while driving without licenses and commit serious violations, such as running a red light, speeding or failing to yield to pedestrians.
If they cause injuries during the same violations, they can be charged with a Class 5 felony, with up to two years in prison and heavy fines.
The penalty for licensed drivers responsible for injuries or death tied to a serious traffic violation moved up from a civil traffic violation to a Class 3 misdemeanor, which can result in 30 days in jail.