Prevalence of hit-and-run crashes
According to an investigative report by ABC News, hit-and-run fatalities have reached an all-time high. When hit-and-run drivers are caught, ABC found that many are able to avoid jail time. The penalties that are imposed vary widely from state to state. Even in states in which the penalties have been increased, prosecutors still have the discretion to offer plea deals that limit or avoid incarceration even in cases in which the victims are killed.