The total number of hit-and-run crashes across Florida increased by more than 17 percent in 2021 compared to the previous year, according to new data.

The report by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) also found fatalities from hit-and-runs were also up by more than 18 percent last year, and serious bodily injuries from hit-and-runs were up 20 percent.

Now, as February marks hit-and-run awareness month in the state, the FLHSMV and its division of the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), are leading a “Stay at the Scene” campaign to prevent crashes and reduce fatalities and injuries, and bring justice to families impacted by these crimes.

“Hit-and-run crashes and fatalities are tragically on the rise in our state – causing devastation to Florida’s families and communities,” said FLHSMV Executive Director, Terry L Rhodes.

“Drivers who choose to flee after being involved in a crash that results in property damage, injury, or death are not just breaking the law – they are displaying a blatant disregard for the life and property of others. Please, stay at the scene and call for help – it could save a life.”