Month: July 2013

Best Foot Forward Recognized by Sentinel

Sentinel editorial introduces Best Foot Forward with column by Linda Chapin, which details the tremendous efforts of BFF in the community, and a column by Rick Geller, which highlights engineering recommendations to improve pedestrian safety in the area.   The Front Burner: Stanching blood in area’s streets July 26, 2013 […]

New Florida Transportation Laws in Effect July 1

The amendment to HB 7125, which went into effect on July 1st, may bring bad news for pedestrians. The statute now allows motorists to drive into active crosswalks without stopping first. The legal jargon reads: 316.075(1)(c)1. A notice of violation and a traffic citation may not be issued for failure […]

Delight in Data

The Sentinel series shows the grim truth in numbers: Every year 850 Central Floridians are struck by cars. 5,700 pedestrians have been struck in Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Lake counties from 2007 through 2012 In the past six years, 333 pedestrians have been killed by vehicles. In 20% of fatal […]

Sentinel: FHP trooper dreads bringing news of pedestrian deaths

(Part of the Orlando Sentinel series, Blood in the Streets) “Which one is it?” The woman’s voice jolted the rookie Florida Highway Patrol trooper as she emerged from the patrol car. The mother sitting on the front porch knew what it meant when a black-and-tan cruiser pulled up. She had […]