FHP Launches Statewide Hit and Run Awareness Campaign

Last year, more than 100 people died and 17,000 were injured in hit and run accidents in Florida.

The Florida Highway Patrol kicked off a statewide campaign Monday morning in Tallahassee called Hit and Run: From Bad 2 Worse.

They hope to save lives by raising awareness about the costly penalties for anyone involved in a hit and run.

The Highway Patrol says more than 70,000 people left the scene of a crash, which Captain Mark Welch says can bring increased penalties.

“If you leave the scene of a crash that involves a death, you are looking at a penalty of up to ten thousand dollars or thirty years in prison. IF there are injuries, you are looking at a five thousand dollar fine or five years in prison. If there is property damage, you could face up to sixty days in the county jail and a five hundred dollar fine,” said Capt. Mark Welch with FHP.

If you're ever involved in an accident, you are required to remain at the scene, exchange insurance information with the other driver or drivers and help any injured people.