The Daytona International Speedway. It holds one of the largest sporting events in the country, let alone in the state of Florida. There pedestrian traffic is no surprise in the area with an event like this, and that’s why officials with the Department of Transportation saw it as the perfect opportunity to roll out their new pedestrian safety campaign.
According to 13NEWS, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and officials with NASCAR have joined forces to get the word out about pedestrian safety. As a part of the campaign, FDOT sponsored Joe Nemechek’s Nationwide car as the Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow Toyota Camry.
Our Boca Raton pedestrian accident attorneys understand that Florida is one of the most dangerous states in the country for pedestrian and bicycle accidents. This campaign is working toward change. On March 9th, the Supercross by Honda will launch, on the 14th is Daytona Flat Track Racing and on the 16th we’ll enjoy the Daytona 200. That’s a lot of events in the next few weeks and a lot of pedestrians flocking to the area.
“We need to do more from an education and enforcement and EMS standpoint for further increase the progress that we’ve made to improve bike and pedestrian safety,” said Billy Hattaway, of FDOT.
One of the most important parts of this campaign is enforcement. Officials with the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) say that they’re going to be increasing enforcement efforts on both pedestrians and drivers to make sure that everyone is following the law.
According to the Florida Drivers Association, motorists are required to do everything that they can to avoid a collision with a pedestrian. Remember that skaters, bicyclists and skateboarders who travel past a driveway or in a crosswalk are also considered pedestrians. When motorists are turning, they are required to yield to any of these travelers at intersections with traffic signals. They’re also required to yield to pedestrians who are crossing the street at any kind of marked mid-block crossing, intersection or driveway that doesn’t have traffic signals.
In the state of Florida, bicycles are legally defined as a vehicle. Those riders who are using a public roadway are considered operators of motor vehicles and are also required to follow the rules of the road.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were close to 85 bicyclists killed in the state of Florida in 2010. During the same year, another 100 pedestrians lost their lives in pedestrian accidents.
These kinds of accidents are especially common in areas like the Daytona International Speedway, where there’s a lot of on-foot traffic. While traveling in this area, and in residential and school zones, you’re asked to be on your best behavior behind the wheel and to keep an eye out for these vulnerable travelers.