Florida Has New Program To Cut Down Its 100,000 Hit-And-Runs Each Year
I never dreamed that Florida would experience over 100,000 hit-and-run accidents every year, but it’s the truth. Just ask the Florida Highway Patrol. In Hillsboroough County, there are over 300 of them every single month.
Often, pedestrians and bicyclists are the victims. Luckily, modern cars often leave parts at the scene, such as plastic bumper covers, grills or mirrors. Those parts are matched with cars that arrive in local body shops seeking repair and arrests are made. The case is not that easy, hwever. In addition to finding out which car did the crime, a driver must also be positively identified. But now, law enforcement is trying to cut hit-and-run numbers in the new year. It’s called Stay At The Scene and it’s a program designed to encourage drivers who have been involved in crashes to notify first responders as soon as possible and then stay put. Officers say many people leave the scene even when it’s not their fault, which makes a potentially small situation into a much larger one.
Penalties for leaving the scene of an accident with injuries have gotten more intense in 2023, so it makes sense to follow the rules and stay until law enforcement arrives. You can now face up to 30 years in prison for a hit-and-run in Florida. In addition to the program, the Florida Highway Patrol reminds all drivers to report any hit-and-run accidents they see. If you witness an accident that involves a hit-and-run, you are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS. You can remain anonymous and you could recieve a reward for your information. Source: WFLA.com
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