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Jul 23, 2013 6:11 PM by Caroline Flores - cflores@kristv.com

Police Chief Asks Residents to Help Stop Hit and Run Crashes

CORPUS CHRISTI - Police Chief Floyd Simpson is speaking-up about the high number of hit and runs in Corpus Christi. He's asking resident to be more careful to help reverse the deadly trend.

"We're imploring, begging, pleading the community to stop it. Just stop it," said Chief Simpson.

In the past year, Police Chief Floyd Simpson, says there have been 1,026 hit and runs in Corpus Christi. 100 of those hit and runs involved people on foot or riding bicycles. Officers says 14 people have died as a result of hit and run drivers this year.

"We've already lost... lives to drivers who are plowing people over, not stopping to render aid, texting," said Chief Simpson.

Chief Simpson says this has to stop. Last year, our city had 981 hit and runs, and the number has only increased.

"It's a number that certainly we as a community should not be proud of," said Chief Simpson.

So the Chief and council members say they want to put an end to this.

"The status quo isn't good enough. We're committed to doing something profound to try and improve upon this problem," said Council Member Mark Scott.

The city has already put up warning signs for drivers reminding them to be aware of pedestrians on the road. If the signs don't work the council says they will look into creating a distracted driver's ordinance. That would allow officers to ticket people who are not paying attention while driving.

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