Florida Seeks to Improve Pedestrian Safety at Crosswalks in the City
TALLAHASSEE, FL- Wtxl.com writes that a bill presented to improve pedestrian safety is moving up in the Senate. The bill seeks to improve crosswalks not only in Tallahassee but in other parts of the state. A tragic crash that killed a nineteen-year-old Florida State University student has led to concerns about pedestrian safety in the city.*
At the meeting, fatal crashes that killed other students in Tallahassee, Gainesville, and Brevard County were also discussed.
If passed, traffic control signal devices will be added in some parts of the state. The bill seeks to standardize the signals and ensure that they meet the safety specifications for the state. Mid-block crosswalks are also planned, and drivers approaching a crosswalk will be required to stop before pedestrians walk across the road. If the bill is passed, the projects will begin this summer.
Florida has the worst record for pedestrian fatalities in the nation. Across the country, cellphones and SUVs are making the roads more dangerous for people traveling by foot. Unfortunately, pedestrians face double the risk of being killed in a crash with an SUV as opposed to a collision with a sedan. Florida’s roads present unique risks to people walking near traffic. Many believe that the state's roads encourage drivers to travel at high speeds, placing pedestrians at a particularly high risk of injury or death.
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Sources:https://www.wtxl.com/news/florida-news/senate-panel-unanimously-votes-to-improve-safety-at-pedestrian-crosswalks?_amp=true and https://www.floridatoday.com/story/news/local/2019/09/18/florida-most-dangerous-state-walking-pedestrians-smart-growth-america-roads/2363941001/ and https://www.freep.com/story/money/cars/2018/06/28/suvs-killing-americas-pedestrians/646139002/
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