Florida Highway Patrol sends message to drivers about hit and runs

Northwest Florida

PENSACOLA, Fla. (WKRG) — The state of Florida has too many hit and runs, but there are some easy things that residents can do to help bring those numbers down. That was the message the Florida Highway Patrol delivered at a news conference Thursday morning.

FHP broke down the statistics for Escambia, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa Counties. In 2017, the number of hit and runs in each county were:

  • Escambia County – 1,704
  • Santa Rosa County – 293
  • Okaloosa County – 655

FHP says the biggest thing drivers can do should be obvious — stay at the scene if you’re ever involved in a crash.

And for anyone who witnesses a crash, FHP encourages you to report it.

Many hit and runs in Florida involve pedestrians, so FHP encourages people to use crosswalks at all times. 

FHP also says in 2017, throughout the State of Florida there were 98,000 hit and run crashes. 


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