California Law Enforcement proposal for stiffening of fleeing and eluding penalties is limp

Part of SB1015 is touted as being tough on suspects who flee it increases penalties to a maximum of a whopping 7 years. This is another indication that California Law Enforcement has their head in the sand and that they regard the seriousness of the crime to be on par with burglary. Again Florida has taken the lead on this issue when Gov. Bush signed a bill last summer that  made fleeing or attempting to elude a 3rd degree felony carrying a maximum sentence of 5 years. Aggravated Fleeing remained a 2nd degree felony with a maximum sentence of 15 years. An additional category of Aggravated Fleeing was added when serious bodily harm or death occurs as a result and is classified as a first degree felony with a maximum sentence of 30 years. Once again, Florida has proven itself to be light years ahead of California.

James Phillips
April 2005

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