ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Jo-Lee Manning was frustrated by the news of another hit and run crash in northeast Florida on Tuesday.
"Something has to be done to make people accountable," she said.
Manning's 15-year-old daughter Haley Smith was killed while walking last November. Since then, Manning has been working to change a law, that she said encourages people to drive away.
"They need to make it a stiffer penalty. Make them stay," she said.
Under current Florida law, if a drunken driver kills someone and stays at the scene they are charged with DUI manslaughter and sentenced to four years behind bars but if a driver leaves, there's no mandatory punishment at all.
"It's unjust that Florida's DUI offenders are incentivized to leave the scene of a crime," said Rep. Irv Slosberg during a meeting of the House Transportation and Safety subcommittee Tuesday afternoon, just before it moved to make those punishments equal.
Defense attorney Fred Gazaleh said lawmakers have good intentions, but isn't sure a new law will stop offenders.
"Sometimes they don't know what damage they've done, whether they've hurt somebody, and sometimes I think they don't care," he said.
But Manning does care. She's pushing for even stiffer penalties for all hit-and-run offenders, and said this is just the first step.
"Any progress is progress, but we'll keep working and trying for more," she said.
According to the state, there were 15,642 hit-and-run crashes in 2012.