AAA report: There's a hit-and-run crash every minute in U.S.

Posted at 6:00 AM, Apr 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-26 16:30:24-04

(KGTV) - There is a hit-and-run crash every minute in the United States, according to a new report from the American Automobile Association.

And in 2016, a record 2,049 people died in one of them - mainly bicyclists and pedestrians. The figure is a 60 percent increase since 2009, according to AAA.

"Whether you're a bicyclist or a pedestrian, and a vehicle comes out of nowhere and you're involved in an incident with it, and then for the driver to take off. It's not only frustrating, it's very sad that people will do this," said Doug Shupe, a spokesman for the AAA

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The Auto Club is once again calling for drivers to be alert on the road - especially with distractions and more people out during the summer months.

Hit-and-runs range from fender benders in a parking lot to fatal crashes. The penalties for not stopping are stiff. In California, drivers who don't pull over to report property damage face up to six months in jail and a one thousand dollar fine. 

And it goes up from there. 

Shupe warned that it's hard to get away these days with so many smartphones and surveillance cameras around. He added that alcohol often plays a factor in the decision to drive away.

The AAA recommends drivers be aware, be cautious, be patient, and be vigilant while on the road.