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Identifying Hit and Run Suspects Is Easier Now than Ever for Traffic Investigators

Cell phones, electronic surveillance and quick access to banking records are but a few of the resources immediately available to officers investigating hit-and-run crimes. A recent article by the Sun Sentinel in Broward County pointed out this fact following a recent arrest for Hit and Run.

Broward Police Officers had several solid identifications of the perpetrator almost immediately. Intersection cameras are operational even if they are no longer being used for red light running purposes. Most of them placed specifically for surveillance purposes. Gas station, workplace and even surveillance is quickly accessible as well. Cell phone records not only triangulate affording time and location relative to the incident but also to individuals who may have been called immediately after the alleged incident.

Onboard automobile computer data via a black box also reveals much about what was taking place with the vehicle before and after an alleged accident.

It is thought that most people are motivated to leave the scene of an accident involving death where drinking has taken place in order to avoid a DUI manslaughter charge. According to criminal defense attorneys surveillance in today’s world makes escaping detection quite challenging claims Fort Lauderdale Criminal Defense attorney William R. Moore.

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