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Northern Ireland hit-and-run crashes up by nearly a quarter

There has been an increase in the number of hit-and-run collisions.
There has been an increase in the number of hit-and-run collisions.

Hit-and-run crashes in Northern Ireland have gone up by nearly a quarter over the last four years.

Figures obtained by the BBC show that recorded incidents saw a sharp increase, from 361 in 2013 to 449 in 2017.

In that period there were 2,111 hit-and-run collisions with nine resulting in fatalities.

There were 30,358 recorded collisions in Northern Ireland between 2013 and 2017.

The highest number of collisions and hit-and-run collisions were corded in 2016, with 6,225 collisions and 459 hit-and-runs.

Hit-and-run crashes increased in England and Wales over the same period, but fell in Scotland.

Inspector Rosie Leech from the PSNI's Road Policing Team told the BBC that car owners were often left out of pocket as a result of hit-and-run collisions.

She said drivers who flee from the scene of a fatal accident cause more grief to families.

"Such actions serve to compound the grief of the family as they try to deal with such callous behaviour and are left wondering if the driver had stopped to help would their loved one still be alive?," Inspector Leech said.

"A driver involved in any type of collision that causes damage to another person's property, or injury to a person or animal, is legally obliged to provide their name and address (and that of the vehicle owner, if different) plus the vehicle registration mark to police and any other person who reasonably requires it.

"We remind motorists to be vigilant and aware of their surroundings at all time and to moderate their speed."

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