Concerned about the grave statistics of Florida’s pedestrian accidents, we caught up with the District One Secretary for the Florida Department of Transportation, Mr. Billy Hattaway, and discussed what the state is and has been doing to correct the problems, and how those efforts are working.
So it’s not that much hinged on the fact that it’s a great vacation destination?
No. Back in the ’90s we thought that our weather and tourism were big factors in this issue, but when you look at the… Read More
What is the state of Florida doing to help change that situation?
Well, we have a long list of things that we’re doing, an executive summary. It’s about two pages of things t… Read More
Are you getting good support for your efforts?
Yes, we have our Secretary of the Florida DOT, Ananth Prasad. He’s over the whole agency. He’s the one that… Read More
Have the numbers of pedestrian accidents begun to go down yet?
It’s too early to tell because, again, this last report, the 2014 Dangerous by Design, was based on data from 2012… Read More
Has it been a good idea to do the checkpoints at the crosswalks similar to DUI checkpoints?
That’s what we call high-visibility enforcement. Yes, because we had the media come out as well, or I should say t… Read More
What about distracted walking, texting and walking – is that becoming an issue?
I don’t know that we have adequate data because of the way the police reports and crash reports are done. We’… Read More
What about parent groups at schools? Is there a message that you give them about how to help safety for their kids?
What’s the highest pedestrian victim incident demographic?
Per the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor 2012 Traffic Crash Facts – for Pedestrian Crash Involvement,… Read More