Utah Hit And Run Reward Program
Reward For Reporting Hit-and-Run Accidents
While cycling home from work, doing what he did everyday, Chad was suddenly struck from behind by an inattentive driver and fell victim to a hit-and-run accident. Chad was too focused on nursing his broken arm and other injuries to notice the car accelerating away from the scene, leaving both broken bike and rider in it’s wake. Fortunately, two passers-by both heard and saw the entire accident unfold. While one rushed to Chad to examine his physical condition, the other quickly tapped the license plate number into his smart phone. They called the “We Tip” crime hotline at 1-800-644-8678 to anonymously report the license plate number and other necessary information. That same night, the suspect of this hit-and-run accident was brought into custody, and the watchful bystander who called in collected a $1,000 reward simply for being an honorable citizen. Though blatantly criminal in nature, hit-and-run accidents have been steadily increasing since 2003; one in five pedestrians killed are victims of hit-and-run accidents. With moral integrity apparently on the decline, bystanders and passers-by are increasingly important in ensuring that guilty parties do not go unpunished. Just like the story above, one can provide crucial information while maintaining anonymity and even get a substantial reward for their good deeds. The Hit-and-Run Reward program has been established by personal injury attorneys, such as Christensen & Hymas, to provide people an easy way to communicate such information in case of a hit-and-run accident. The program is tied to the “We Tip” crime hotline, a neutral third-party organization, which receives the calls and facilitates the information to law enforcement agencies. The “We Tip” hotline requires anonymity, meaning that absolutely no names or means of identification are asked for; the only identification given is a code name to the giver of information if he/she would like to receive a reward should an arrest and felony conviction follow. Thus, innocent bystanders can still fulfill their roles as good citizens and avoid testifying or having to provide evidence in a court of law. Christensen & Hymas is offering up to $1,000 for any information leading to the arrest and felony convictions of hit-and-run drivers. If you have witnessed a hit-and-run accident, call 1-800-644-8678 to provide your anonymous tip and you could collect a reward as a result of your actions. Christensen & Hymas calls upon moral citizens everywhere to help victims of hit-and-run accidents and law enforcement agencies catch the perpetrators of such accidents, and bring them to justice.
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