Safety groups to address Palm Beach bike, pedestrian fatalities

January 24th, 2013 - by DKRPA

Between 2008 and 2011, 24 bicyclists were killed on Palm Beach County roads. One of the victims was a Boca Raton firefighter who routinely rode his bike to Dunkin’ Donuts for a cup of coffee. On Feb. 7, 2011, just days after the man turned 50, he was struck by an SUV while crossing the street in a crosswalk.

The firefighter’s widow said she still doesn’t understand how the driver of the SUV failed to see her husband, a large man on a bright yellow bike. She said that an accident like this doesn’t just take the life of one, it changes the lives of an entire family. Now she said she hopes her husband’s death can help prevent future deaths in the area.

Recently, a new safety group formed to raise awareness in the firefighter’s name. They will also focus on pedestrian accidents, which claimed the lives of 111 people in Palm Beach County between 2008 and 2011. The South Florida Safe Roads Task Force is made up of law enforcement and traffic safety advocates who want to make area roads safer for both bicyclists and pedestrians.

One of the ways the groups plans to promote safety is by broadcasting safety messages on road signs, billboards and public safety announcements. The group also plans to join forces with the Florida Department of Transportation, which recently launched its Alert Today Alive Tomorrow campaign.

The campaign specifically targets the counties in the state with the highest numbers of pedestrian and bicycle accidents. Overall, Palm Beach County ranks fifth in the state and Broward County ranks second, just behind Miami-Dade County. FDOT will run ad campaigns in each of the counties reminding people to be careful when walking, biking or driving.

Source: Sun-Sentinel, “Bike, pedestrian safety campaigns launched in Palm Beach, Broward counties,” Angel Streeter, Jan. 18, 2013

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