I was going to write about the lip service that our FDOT Secretary, Anath Prasad, has been dishing out, but someone beat me to it. She lives in Cleveland, but she seems to know how things work here.
If you haven’t heard, the FDOT paid $174,500 of the taxpayer’s money to have Alert Today Alive Tomorrow painted on a NASCAR car involved in a minor race at Daytona. In fact, that race would have gone pretty much unnoticed had it not been for a horrific crash which sent several spectators,
but none and one of the drivers, to the hospital.
I don’t know which committee chose that slogan, but it is about as generic as it gets. This is supposed to apply to pedestrian safety, but it could apply to anything.
I have little to add, but here are some recent quotes about or from Mister Prasad which I am passing along without comment:
“Pedestrian safety is my highest priority,” FDOT Secretary Ananth Prasad said in a statement announcing the commitment.
“Florida’s Department of Transportation Secretary Ananth Prasad was ticketed on a Tallahassee for doing 44 in a 35. A short time later, DOT commenced a study of road conditions and decided to raise the speed limit to 45. As Mike Vasilinda tells us, Prasad says he wasn’t the only one who complained.” . . . “The city complained, saying the higher limit went against their efforts to create a walkable environment. Prasad prevailed the road is now posted at 45.”
Florida has been doing very good. Our highways are the safest in their history. (In 2009, the state Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles said traffic deaths in Florida dropped to a historic low. The state recorded 2,563 traffic fatalities in 2009, compared with 3,533 in 2005.)
We’re committed to pedestrian safety. The numbers are trending downward. We recognize that one accident and one life taken is one too many. We’ve started a thorough review of our policies. We’re going to make sure any changes we need to make continue to make our roads safer for pedestrians, for people in automobiles and for bicyclists. from a Q and A column in the Sun Sentinel, 6/13/2011
That last one prompted an excellent rant that starts out, “Mr. Secretary, Florida has NOT been doing ‘very good’ on bicycle/pedestrian safety. “