Commissioner Sosa wants safer intersections for pedestrians and motorists
(MIAMI-DADE COUNTY) – On Tuesday, November 7, 2017, County Commissioners gave approval to legislation aimed at alerting distracted pedestrians and improving the overall safety of intersections. The resolution was sponsored by Commissioner Rebeca Sosa and directs County staff to examine the possibility of installing illuminated warning lights at ground level within the field of vision of the pedestrian who is texting while walking.
A 2013 study by Ohio State University found that emergency room visits stemming from distracted walking had risen steadily since 2005, doubling in only a five year span. Distracted walking has become so prevalent that the National Safety Council, a 501c3 nonprofit organization chartered by Congress, now includes it as a category in its annual report on unintentional deaths and injuries.
“Our infrastructure must shift to address new issues resulting from advances in technology,” said Commissioner Sosa. “We are seeing more and more instances where people are hurt or killed as a result of using their phones during activities that require a high amount of focus like driving or crossing a street. We need to inform the public of such dangers and make sure we do what we can to keep everyone safe.”
County staff will have 120 days to produce a report examining the feasibility of installing LED lighting that indicates whether or not a pedestrian should enter a crosswalk at critical intersections throughout Miami-Dade County. The final report will include locations, potential costs and funding sources, and additional information required prior to moving forward with this initiative.
Link to the National Safety Council http://www.nsc.org/Connect/Pages/about-nsc.aspx
Link to legislation http://www.miamidade.gov/govaction/legistarfiles/Matters/Y2017/172091.pdf