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Hit and Run Crash Cases Rising

Posted in General News on Thursday, November 1st, 2018

According to a BBC investigation the amount of hit-and-run crashes on Britain’s roads increased by 45% between 2013 and 2017. In 2013 there were a total of 19,239 recorded hit-and-run cases and by 2017 this figure had risen to 28,010. This data was obtained through a series of Freedom of Information (FOI) requests sent to 44 police forces across England and Wales and the findings have prompted the road safety charity, Brake to call for harsher sentences to be given to hit-and-run drivers. At present if there is no other evidence of dangerous driving in these cases then the perpetrators are given six month sentences. The charity believes that this is not a large enough penalty, particularly in relation to the most serious crashes. Brake issued a statement saying: “Hit-and-run drivers who kill must face the same penalties as those convicted of causing death by dangerous driving, removing the current incentive for some to flee the scene." Dr Matt Hopkins from the University of Leicester has conducted research interviews in which he asked a number of hit-and-run drivers why it was that they didn’t stop following the crash. Dr Hopkins commented: “What the research seems to be pointing to is that a fair proportion of hit-and-run collisions are related to drivers who tend not to have valid insurance, tend not to have a valid licence. I think that's extremely concerning.” The Home Office also weighed into the discussion by pointing out that the number of hit and run cases had dropped by 39% in 2017 compared to the amount in 2007 and the Home Office issued a statement saying: “It is for chief constables and locally elected police and crime commissioners to decide how to deploy their resources in response to local priorities.”

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