Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 080598
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File Number: 080598 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-356-08 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: CHILD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK Introduced: 2/27/2008
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 4/8/2008
Agenda Date: 4/8/2008 Agenda Item Number: 11A1
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION CREATING ''CHILD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK,'' DIRECTING THE COUNTY MAYOR OR HIS DESIGNEE TO COORDINATE ACTIVITIES ASSOCIATED THEREWITH AND MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS CONCERNING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF DESIGNATED ROADWAYS FOR ATV USAGE
Indexes: HEALTH AND PUBLIC SAFETY
Sponsors: Carlos A. Gimenez, Prime Sponsor
  Jose "Pepe" Diaz, Co-Sponsor
  Sally A. Heyman, Co-Sponsor
  Dennis C. Moss, Co-Sponsor
  Rebeca Sosa, Co-Sponsor
  Sen. Javier D. Souto, Co-Sponsor
  Audrey M. Edmonson, Co-Sponsor
  Dorrin D. Rolle, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 4/8/2008 11A1 Adopted P

Health and Public Safety Committee 3/13/2008 2C Forwarded to BCC with a favorable recommendation P
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney Sanchez read the foregoing proposed resolution into the record. Chairman Moss and Commissioners Sosa and Diaz asked to be added as co-sponsors to this resolution. Commissioner Diaz noted, following a two-year search, a survey was conducted that resulted in nine locations to be considered as parks for All Terrain Vehicles (ATV) usage. He further noted the County owned the highest ranking location, which was located outside of a residential community. Mr. Jack Kardys, Director, Park & Recreation Department, noted the M.E. Thompson Campground was currently being utilized for motorcross riding; however, the survey recommended the property located near the Miami International Airport (MIA), as the most suitable location for this purpose. He informed Committee members the department would be bringing an item back requesting approval for another $75,000 grant to complete the environmental studies. Mr. Kardys advised this was the most viable option. Commissioner Diaz emphasized the need to designate a location for this type of activity, particularly in Districts 11 and 12, and asked that he be listed as a co-sponsor of this resolution. He noted the Miami-Dade Police Department was working with the State to address this issue. Mr. Kardys clarified that the recommended site was located west of the MIA and within the Collier County boundaries, but was owned by the Miami-Dade Aviation Department. There being no further questions or comments, the Committee proceeded to vote.

County Attorney 2/27/2008 Referred Health and Public Safety Committee 3/13/2008

County Attorney 2/27/2008 Assigned Ronald J. Bernstein

Legislative Text


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RESOLUTION CREATING ''CHILD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK,'' DIRECTING THE COUNTY MAYOR OR HIS DESIGNEE TO COORDINATE ACTIVITIES ASSOCIATED THEREWITH AND MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS CONCERNING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF DESIGNATED ROADWAYS FOR ATV USAGE

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WHEREAS, many children and adults in Miami-Dade County and around the nation have been injured or killed when not wearing their seat belts, not being in child car seats, or when placed in car seats improperly, while riding in vehicles; and
WHEREAS, many children and adults in this community and around the nation have been injured or killed while driving, riding upon or being struck by all terrain vehicles, mini-bikes, certain motorized scooters, such as gas-powered boards, motorized “toy” vehicles and other products of a similar nature; and
WHEREAS, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Injury Prevention (CDC), among children aged 14 years and younger, there were more than 1,450 deaths and approximately 203,000 injured from motor vehicle crashes in the United States in 2005, for an average of 4 deaths and 556 injuries each day. Nearly half of those killed were not wearing any type of restraint; and
WHEREAS, in Florida, there were approximately 257 reported deaths from 1982-2004 and approximately 68 reported deaths of children under the age of 16 from 1982-2004 on all terrain vehicles alone; and
WHEREAS, a multifaceted campaign consisting of awareness, education and enforcement components will serve to educate the community with respect to current law and safe practices and thereby reduce the number and severity of such accidents; and
WHEREAS, Section 316.2123, Florida Statutes, makes it legal for licensed drivers and minors under the supervision of a licensed driver to operate all terrain vehicles during the daytime on unpaved roadways where the posted speed limit is less than thirty-five miles per hour; and
WHEREAS, Section 316.2123(2), Florida Statutes, provides that “[a] county is exempt from this section if the governing body of the county, by majority vote, following a noticed public hearing, votes to exempt the county from this section. Alternatively, a county may, by majority vote after such a hearing, designate certain unpaved roadways where an ATV may be operated during the daytime as long as each such designated roadway has a posted speed limit of less than 35 miles per hour and is appropriately marked to indicate permissible ATV use;” and WHEREAS, Section 316.20, Florida Statutes, effective July 1, 2008, requires persons operating off-highway vehicles such as ATVs who are under the age of 16 to possess a certificate evidencing the satisfactory completion of an approved off-highway vehicle safety course; and
WHEREAS, the needs of ATV users for a safe environment in which to legally operate their vehicles, as well as public safety and environmental concerns, are best served by the designation of unpaved roadways specifically marked for ATV use and posted with appropriate speed limit signs; and
WHEREAS, mini-bikes, skateboards, some forms of scooters and other types of toy vehicles, all of which have been motorized, are a rapidly evolving category of development and distribution whose use has resulted in accidents involving children; and
WHEREAS, Section 316.2128, Florida Statutes, provides that commercial sellers of motorized scooters or miniature motorcycles in this state must prominently display at their place of business a notice that such vehicles are not legal to operate on public roads or sidewalks and may not be registered as motor vehicles. The required notice must also appear in all forms of advertising offering motorized scooters or miniature motorcycles for sale. The notice and a copy of this section must also be provided to a consumer prior to the consumer's purchasing or becoming obligated to purchase a motorized scooter or a miniature motorcycle,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board:
Section 1. Directs the Mayor or his designee to designate at least one calendar week each year as “Child Safety Awareness Week.”
Section 2. Directs the Mayor or his designee to coordinate awareness, education and enforcement components of “Child Safety Awareness Week.”
Section 3. Directs the Mayor or his designee to invite other law enforcement agencies operating in Miami-Dade County to participate in “Child Safety Awareness Week.”
Section 4. Directs the Mayor or his designee to prepare a brochure detailing current law and safe practices with respect to child car seats; auto safety belts; all terrain vehicles; mini-bikes; motorized scooters, such as gas-powered boards, with or without a steering handle, but not street-legal scooters; motorized “toy” vehicles and other products of a similar nature; and to encourage vendors of said products to provide said brochures to purchasers of said products; and to encourage the purchasers of said products to affirm by their signature their acknowledgement that they have received said brochure from the vendor.
Section 5. Directs the Mayor or his designee to return to this Board with recommended unpaved roadways for designated lawful ATV usage. The Board, after public hearing, may then designate said roadways for proper marking and ATV usage, in accordance with Section 316.2123(2), Florida Statutes.



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