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We say thank you to Sen. Keith Perry for introducing his bill (SB 1000) to the Transportation appropriations committee to add and improve crosswalks throughout the state. Florida lawmakers looking into pedestrian safety is certainly welcome, same goes for the Florida Department of Transportation and local governments across Florida and the country.

It’s always popular to respond to traffic safety when statewide newspapers, such as the Tallahassee Democrat, report a pedestrian killed and others injured while crossing the street. It doesn’t take much courage for everyone to jump in and wave in front of Florida citizens how concerned we are about the safety of people crossing streets.

体育在线365However, since first responding in early August 2018, to Jefferson County Commissioner Gene Hall’s request for a HAWK (High-Intensity Activated crossWalK beacon) mid-block pedestrian signal to prevent deaths, FDOT officials have gone silent. 

体育在线365It is past time for FDOT safety officials to swing into action and put Commissioner Hall’s, hence the citizens of Jefferson County, rightful request of pedestrian safety on the fast track to completion. It might be a small constituency but the citizens of Jefferson County and the many visitors deserve the same respect and attention as other areas of Florida. Let’s not wait for the death of a pedestrian before we do what is necessary. 

Q. Dave asked me about vehicles lining up in a lane designed for moving traffic. Dave was referring to drivers wanting to enter the West Tennessee Street Chick-fil-A Restaurant. 

A. My answer was tolerance. Primarily tolerance, or better said, courtesy. Courtesy for the economic health of a community. All local and state governing body’s large and small understand there will be occasional traffic tie ups, they also want local businesses to prosper.

We might want to recognize the same thing is not only happening at other restaurant and coffee house locations but school drop off and pick up locations, trash truck pickups, city bus stops and road construction. In New York City I have seen caravans of racks of clothing paraded onto local streets being delivered from a buyers exchange to local department stores. Elementary teachings for the operator of a motor vehicle is to be attentive to his driving sufficiently to recognize and avoid all potential conflicts.

As I have previously noted in this column, when someone comes up with a product everyone desires people will find a way to get it. Surely, if a cross-country track team at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York is willing to take up a collection, send a team member to purchase an airline ticket, remove his shoes and pass through security only to buy everyone lunch at Chick-fil-A, the rest of the world can drive cautiously while navigating traffic waiting in line at their local Chick-fil-A restaurant.

Q. Carolyn asks Street Scene to convey her plea to keep Weems Road clear of traffic at Mahan Drive. Carolyn writes: please, please, in consideration of folks who live off Weems Road and must navigate onto Mahan Drive, do not block the intersection. It is disheartening to wait through a very long light and then not be able to move forward, at all, due to intersection blocking. 

A体育在线365. Well said Carolyn. I am disheartened to think such inconsiderate (irresponsible) people are a part of our jameswburdick.community. For column space, I shall paraphrase Florida Statute 316.2061: No driver shall enter an intersection unless there is sufficient space on the other side so not to obstruct passage of other vehicles. A moving violation punishable as provided in chapter 318. 

Q体育在线365. Lee asks if the requirement we had in place at one time mandating concrete/ cement companies to clean up concrete spills could be reinstated. 

A. I know in the past in large cities of multiple and continuous construction projects, it was difficult to identify the culprit(s) causing concrete spills. The method used was to investigate job-site daily work/ progress sheets to find which company delivered concrete to the site then trace a route of travel back to the cement company. For little Tallahassee with minimal construction projects that shouldn’t be a problem. However, just about every commercial truck on the road is monitored by GPS. If we have some concrete trucks not monitored then pass an ordinance requiring it. Include a clause requiring any travel records be available for inspection by proper authority. 

How about it Tallahassee, without mentioning the uncaring sloppy appearance we present to ourselves and millions of yearly visitors as the Capitol of Florida, concrete spills left to dry may create discomfort while driving our local roads, but under certain conditions can bring down a motorcycle.

Philip Stuart, (IMPAACT.org) is a retired Florida State Trooper, Traffic Operations Project Engineer and Forensics Expert Witness. Send questions to crashsites@embarqmail.com

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