In Tallahassee, Florida, lawmakers are racing against a looming deadline. They are considering spending money on interstate warninging signs as part of their effort to reach a deal on a new state budget.
In the wake of a horrific crash in January that left 11 people dead, Florida legislators have decided to set aside $2 million to put up large “real-time” signs that will warn motorists about dangerous driving conditions on I-75, reports My Fox/Tampa Bay.
Rep. Mike Horner, R-Kissimmee, said that the money will be used for signs in Alachua County, but also it will help purchase signs that will go elsewhere on the state’s interstate highway system.
“It’s a response to the I-75 accident,” said Horner, the chairman of the House panel that oversees transportation spending. “But we decided that we wanted to look at doing this across the state.”
Florida lawmakers have until Tuesday to reach a final deal on a budget for 2012. That’s because state law requires the budget to be placed on the desks of lawmakers 72 hours before a final vote can be taken. The session is scheduled to end this Friday.