LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — California lawmakers approved a bill Tuesday that will extend the statute of limitations for hit-and-run crashes from three to six years.

Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D-Los Angeles, who sponsored the legislation, said more than a dozen people were killed and others seriously injured in the last month in hit-and-runs in Los Angeles and Orange counties.

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“AB 184 will allow victims of hit-and-runs and law enforcement to obtain justice from cowards who do everything possible to avoid responsibility for their actions,” Gatto said.

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The Assembly voted 68-0 in favor of the bill, which the Senate passed earlier.

The bill now heads to Gov. Jerry Brown.

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