Florida Highway Patrol and DHSMV remind motorists to "Stay at the Scene"

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Fla. (WCJB) --

February is Hit and Run Awareness Month, and the Florida Highway Patrol and the DHSMV want to remind all motorists to "Stay at the Scene."

In a statement released Friday, Executive Director with the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) Terry L. Rhodes said that “If you are involved in a crash, Stay at the Scene. Not only is it the law, but doing so could save a life. Leaving the scene of the crash will ensure you receive more
serious penalties, no matter the severity of the crash. Hit and run crashes have an enormous impact to Florida’s
communities and our department is dedicated to solving these cases. I implore members of the public to report
any information on hit and run crashes anonymously to Crime Stoppers.”

“It is your responsibility under the law, and to the other parties involved, to stay at the scene of a crash,” said
Florida Highway Patrol Director, Colonel Gene S. Spaulding. “Although being involved in a crash is a
traumatic experience, you should remain calm, render first aid if necessary, and remove your vehicle from the
roadway as soon as possible to prevent secondary crashes.”

If you have any information on any of the open hit-and-run cases listed on the DHSMV's website, you are asked to contact your local Crimestoppers immediately.