GAVIN'S LAW: Letters of Support Needed for April 6 Hearing

Last year, Gavin's Law (AB 582) fell one vote short in the Senate Public Safety Committee. Assemblyman Patterson and the Gladding family are not giving up, but we need your help.

Today the maximum sentence for a driver who hits, kills and runs is only four years behind bars. The driver who hit Gavin only served 1 year. Gavin’s Law will increase the maximum sentence for a fatal hit and run from 4 to 6 YEARS.

AB 582 closes a loophole that actually benefits drunk or drugged hit and run drivers. By fleeing, they avoid a potential 15-year sentence from a DUI charge.

--- WE NEED YOUR HELP ---

The Assembly Public Safety Committee will hear Gavin's Law on April 6th. Help us send as many support letters as possible.

HOW TO SEND OFFICIAL LETTER OF SUPPORT

Go to the Position Letter Portal by clicking here.

  1. Create a profile
  2. Use password to log on
  3. Enter “AB 582”
  4. Click "Support" button
  5. Cut and paste the text below and submit.

AB 582 is named after Gavin Gladding, a beloved Clovis Unified School District Vice Principal who was killed in a hit-and-run incident in 2018. Currently, the maximum penalty for a driver who leaves the scene of an accident resulting in death is only four years.

AB 582 closes a loophole that actually benefits drunk or drugged hit and run drivers. By fleeing, they avoid a potential 15-year sentence from a DUI charge. AB 582 will increase the possible penalty for hit-and-runs resulting in or death to a maximum possible penalty of six years in jail. 

I respectfully urge your support of AB 582 to encourage drivers to stay at the scene of a crime, even if they may be under the influence.