It happens 40 times a day in Manitoba -- someone sideswipes a car in the mall parking lot or rear-ends someone at a stop sign and then speeds away. Hit and runs cost motorists big money, a lot of grief and in many cases physical pain. They're not, as MPI spokesman Brian Smiley says, a victimless crime. In most hit and runs, the culprits are never found, so MPI can't recover the repair costs, which are then passed on to policy-holders. And MPI's fraud investigators -- two, soon to be three -- spend a lot of time looking into dodgy hit-and-run claims. The numbers have been pretty stable for the last five years, but they're significant.
-- Mary Agnes Welch
Average number of hit and runs
Percentage of total accidents
Insurance payouts on hit and runs
Number of hit-and-run related injuries per year
Number of suspicious hit and runs probed by fraud investigators
-- Source: Manitoba Public Insurance