Hit-and-run accidents and fatalities are rising in most of the United States’ cities and counties, prompting lawmakers to impose stiffer penalties on such kinds of traffic offenses. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s traffic collision data, the number of fatal hit-and-run crashes have been increasing, from 1,274 in 2009, 1,393 in 2010, and finally to 1,449 in 2011, the most recent year that the agency has information regarding traffic accidents.
University of Vermont Department of Economics chairwoman Sara Solnick said drivers who get involved in car accidents usually flee the scene if they feel that they are going to be further implicated if they stop and wait for the authorities to show up, as they usually committed more than one offense aside from causing the crash, such as having a high blood-alcohol content, driving without a license, or driving while being a minor.
Legislators in different states have sought to curb the problem of hit and runs.
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