With its year-round mild weather, it is no surprise that countless pedestrians and bicyclists share Florida's roadways with other vehicles. College towns, like Gainesville, are home to many residents who choose to get around quickly and economically via foot or bike. With such a strong presence of various pedestrians in the state, it is no surprise that Florida sees a concerning number of pedestrian and bicycle accidents every year. Many of these are hit-and-runs, where the driver flees the crash site. What is the state doing to penalize hit-and-run drivers?
First, it is important to realize the extent of the problem. In Florida, a quarter of all accidents are hit-and-runs. From 2013 to 2014, hit-and-runs jumped over 20 percent. Moreover, of all the hit-and-run deaths in 2014, almost fifty percent involved pedestrians. Unfortunately, the Sunshine State is not the safest place to be a pedestrian, but the state is trying to change that.