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Brevard County Legislation Seeks to Increase Pedestrian Safety

March 07, 2020

JACKSONVILLE, FL- writes that a child died in a pedestrian crash in Brevard County, leading to officials looking for ways to improve crosswalks in the area. Those who support the bill feel that the yellow flashing lights cause pedestrians to feel a false sense of security.*

At the time of the devastating crash, a twelve-year-old was attempting to cross the road at a marked crosswalk. A driver completely ignored the flashing yellow lights and struck the child. The young girl died on Christmas. 

During a committee meeting, the victim’s father pointed out that his daughter did what she was supposed to do and pushed the flashing light, and then began to cross the road. The child trusted that light and died as a result. 

The bill has been named after the girl. The flashing yellow lights would be banned in most scenarios but could still be used in places with fewer lanes and a speed limit of 35 miles per hour or less. Most of these signals would be replaced with red flashing lights. 

One representative stated that it would be best to have lights that work, but that without red flashing lights, the next best option would be to remove the yellow lights. Pedestrians approaching the intersection without lights would be more inclined to appreciate the dangers presented by the crossing. 

Installing red flashing lights would require federal approval. Whether the approval was granted or not, the bill would seek to remove the yellow lights. The legislation still must pass another committee and then be approved in both chambers. If enacted, the federal government would have one year to decide whether to approve the red flashing lights. 

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