Twelve-Year-Old Dies in Tragic Pedestrian Accident in Brevard County Sparking A1A Crosswalk debate
BREVARD COUNTY, FL- Mynews13.com writes that a vehicle struck a child at a crosswalk in Brevard County last month, killing the twelve-year-old. The girl was a sixth-grade student at the Surfside Elementary School, and the community is mourning the loss. The victim’s classmates returned from their holiday break and were supported by grief counselors.*
Now, many in the county are blaming the crosswalk design for the tragic incident.
A commissioner with the county heard of the accident and stated that if the crosswalk design had been fixed earlier, the girl might still be alive. The crosswalk where the fatal incident occurred has a yellow flashing light that is intended to alert drivers of the presence of a pedestrian. Drivers are then meant to allow people to cross the road. Unfortunately, many drivers fail to stop at such markings. Critics say that all the lights accomplish is that they give pedestrians a false sense of security. Drivers think red means stop. Yellow lights are not enough to make many people react appropriately.
A Commissioner in the area is now requesting that the lights change to red and that the speed limit on these streets is lowered from 45 miles per hour to 35. The Florida Department of Transportation is now looking into the issue and issued a statement saying that it understood the urgency and will be evaluating the recommended changes.
The tragedy is one that is all too common across the United States in recent years as pedestrian fatalities continue to climb. Improved infrastructure and lower speed limits are just some of the many ways that the roads could be made safer for pedestrians.
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