In 2015, there were more than 92,000 hit and run crashes in Florida.
Each year the percent of hit and run crashes stays steady, which means the problem of people fleeing the scene isn’t getting better.
There were more than 19,000 injuries resulting from hit and run crashes, with over 1,200 of those involving serious bodily injury.
Vulnerable road users are particularly at risk. In fact, there were 186 hit and run fatalities in 2015, over half of which were pedestrians.
Approximately one out of every four pedestrian crashes resulted in the driver leaving the scene.
Under Florida law, a driver MUST stop immediately at the scene of a crash on public or private property which results in injury or death.
More than 80 percent of hit and run crashes result in property damage only.
If a driver flees the scene, the situation becomes even worse. Leaving the scene of a crash is a felony and a driver, when convicted, will have their license revoked for at least three years and can be sentenced to a mandatory minimum of four years in prison.
In 2015, 18-27 year olds received over a third of all hit and run citations issued, 70 percent of which were written for males.
The most important thing a driver can do when they are involved in a crash is to remain at the scene and call for help. Staying at the scene will not only spare a driver significant legal penalties, but may save a life.
Annual Hit and Run Statistics for Florida. Source: Florida Highway Patrol
Broward County Hit and Run Statistics by City. Source: Broward Sheriff's Office
Broward County Hit and Run Hot Spots. Source: Broward Sheriff's Office