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Hit & Run Stats: There's Good News, and Bad News

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When it comes to hit-and-run crimes, there's good news -- and there's bad news.

Statewide, numbers are up.  Over a five-year period, hit and runs reported from all law enforcement to the Department of Transportation went from 580 in 2008 to 915 in 2012.

Locally, Mandan went from 113 in 2010 to 192 in 2011 -- but dipped back down to 186 last year for incidents involving both vehicles and pedestrians.

In Bismarck, despite a swelling population, the last four years have held steady.  This year to date, there have been 533 crashes, similar to the 2010 count of 532.

"Our accidents, in general, have stayed roughly the same and that's somewhat surprising; in that, we have significantly more vehicles, significantly more people in town and the accidents have stayed roughly the same," says Lt. Jeff Solemsaas, Traffic Commander, Bismarck Police Department.

Roughly 25 to 30 percent of cases in Bismarck have enough evidence to investigate.  During 2010 and 2011, the Police Department reports about a 65 percent success rate in locating perpetrators.


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