FRESNO FAMILIES IN SACRAMENTO TUESDAY TO PLEAD WITH PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE TO CLOSE LOOPHOLE LETTING HIT AND RUN DRIVERS OFF EASY
SACRAMENTO – Assemblyman Jim Patterson will try once again to help families of hit and run victims change state law to close a loophole that benefits drivers who flee the scene.
Gavin’s Law (AB 1067) passed almost unanimously twice through the Assembly but has failed to pass through the Senate Public Safety Committee.
The bill will once again be heard in the Assembly Public Safety Committee. If signed into law, AB 1067 will increase penalties for drivers in fatal hit-and-run crashes from the current maximum of four years, to six years. As the law is written, a DUI driver who leaves the scene and sobers up before being caught, avoids a potential 15-year sentence for felony DUI charges.
Gavin’s Law is named after beloved Central Valley vice principal Gavin Gladding. Gavin was killed in a hit-and-run accident in September 2018. The driver was sentenced to three years, but only served 13 months behind bars.
Testifying in support of Gavin’s Law are Rita Gladding, Gavin’s mother, and Mike Osegueda, whose sister Courtney Osegueda was killed in a hit-and-run crash in February 2021 in Oakland.
WHAT: Assembly Public Safety Committee Hearing of AB 1067 (Gavin’s Law)
WHEN: Tuesday, March 28, 2023 at 9am (Hearing begins at 9am. The bill will be heard sometime after that)
WHO: Assemblyman Jim Patterson
Rita Gladding – Mother of Gavin Gladding
Mike Osegueda – Brother of Courtney Osegueda
(From the office of Assemblyman Jim Patterson)