February is Hit-And-Run Awareness Month!
ORLANDO, Fla. – Every February, Florida Highway Patrol shines a spotlight on the problem of hit-and-run accidents. Hit-and-runs are a big problem statewide, and FHP is using this month to bring awareness and educate drivers.
“We have seen a dramatic increase in hit-and-runs here in the Central Florida area, especially right here in Orange County,” Trooper Steve Montero said. “Last year, we saw a dramatic increase in hit-and-run fatalities. And that is something that we want to decrease as much as possible.”
Florida, and more specifically Orange County, continues to top the nation in both the number of pedestrian-related accidents and hit-and-runs.
“The increase that we’re seeing is people on suspended drivers licenses, not having insurance and just generally being scared. We’re encouraging all drivers. You’ve got to stay there. That is your obligation as a driver is to stay on scene,” Montero said.