DUI checkpoints are a fact of life and are frequently conducted throughout Florida. On Saturday, June 12, one motorist decided he didn’t have the patience to participate in the driving-under-the-influence check and tried to flee. Unfortunately, he struck a trooper when he ran and did not stop.
Based on a News4Jax story, the Florida Highway Patrol is looking for this hit-and-run driver, who sped through a nearby neighborhood being chased by troopers. He still has not been located. Fortunately the trooper who was struck was not seriously hurt.
The checkpoint was set up in front of the Florida Highway Patrol headquarters in Orlando. One lane was set up for cars that needed a further investigation.
Time Magazine recently reported that Florida is top in the nation for hit-and-run fatalities. The nonprofit group, Transportation for America, reports that the four top dangerous metropolitan areas for pedestrians at risk of being injured in a Florida pedestrian accident are Orlando, Jacksonville, Miami and Tampa.
For some unknown reason, the number of hit-and-run cases is increasing in the state. In Jacksonville there were more than 2,000 in 2007 and 2008. Compare that to 349 in 2006. This trooper is very fortunate that he was not seriously injured.
Hit-and-Run Laws in Florida
The driver of a vehicle involved in a crash that results in death or injury must stop the vehicle immediately under Florida law. If they do not do that, they can be charged with a first degree felony which can result in a fine of $10,000 and as much as 30 years in prison.
Generally the person flees the scene because they have something to hide. They may be intoxicated, may be driving without a license, may be in this country illegally or wanted by the law. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a hit-and-run driver, you would be well-advised to contact a Florida accident attorney who can be your advocate throughout the investigation to find this individual. Families of the deceased can file a wrongful death claim to seek the costs involved with a funeral, lost future earnings and companionship. The injured can help recover the costs associated with the hit-and-run accident and get this individual off the road.