Pedestrians are a common sight in Florida, especially when the weather is pleasant, as it is much of the year in the Sunshine State. Moreover, many major cities in the state aim to be pedestrian-friendly. Pedestrians have every right to be out and about.
As readers of this blog know, we have been following the Florida Legislature's efforts to toughen the state's laws which prohibit distracted driving. Since 2013, texting and driving has been illegal in Florida, but police are only allowed to write a ticket if they have evidence of another traffic violation.
To follow up on a previous post from late February, a committee within the Florida Legislature has moved forward with a tougher measure designed to further prevent distracted driving in this state.
Especially since they are places known to experience lots of foot traffic and bicycle traffic, pedestrian accidents are fairly common in and around the schools of the greater Tampa area.
A man in St. Petersburg suffered what police called life-threatening injuries as we crossing the street in the city, which most readers recognize as part of the greater Tampa Bay area.
It is a sad fact, but the number of deaths due to hit and run accidents has been on the rise over the last decade. In fact, the 2,046 recorded deaths due to hit and runs in 2016, which is the most current statistic, was the highest since the government started tracking this number in 1975.
Most residents of the greater Tampa area probably think that teenage drivers pose a higher risk on the road than drivers with more experience.
As part of what seems like a nationwide epidemic of drivers hitting students trying to get on school buses, rescuers in the Tampa area had to take 7 people 5 children and 2 adults to the hospital. The children in the auto-pedestrian accident at their bus stop, while the adults were rescue workers who got hurt while traveling to the scene.
Several previous posts on this blog have discussed the dangers that distracted drivers in the greater Tampa cause for those with whom they share the road.
The National Transportation Safety Board, a federal agency with expertise in traffic safety, recently issued a comprehensive report that discussed how the country can make pedestrians both in Florida and in other parts of the country safer.