On Tuesday, April 2, 2013, the Florida Department of Transportation held its third Annual FDOT District Seven Local Agency Safety Summit. The Safety Summit’s goal is to reduce fatal and severe injury crashes. The summit reaches out to all the local agencies within the district including Hillsborough, Pinellas, Citrus, Hernando, and Pasco counties and all the municipalities within those counties. The summit shares with them the process on how they can apply for federal funding for local safety projects under the federal Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP).
Over 100 attendees were present for the event including two elected officials – Pat Mulieri, Pasco County Commission, and Lisa Montelione, Tampa City Council, each representing their respective districts. The welcome and opening comments were given by District Seven Director of Transportation Operations Jim Moulton, P.E.
Peter Hsu, P.E., District Seven Safety & Special Projects Engineer provided information for the attendees regarding District Seven Safety Programs and Initiatives. Three local presenters provided information on various local safety initiatives. Sgt. George Edmiston, representing the Largo Police Department, provided information on the Pedestrian Enforcement program. Jim Edwards, MPO Director for Pasco County shared their Pedestrian/Bicycle Safety Strategies and Plan. Julie Bond, USF, Senior Research Associate for the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) provided information on the Education of Pedestrian/Bicycle Safety initiatives and Walk Wise. All of these presentations were well received by all those in attendance.
Pictured Above Peter Hsu, District Safety Engineer, as well as several other local law enforcement agencies, spoke at a press event coordinated by the Tampa Police Department to discuss pedestrian safety and the money FDOT will continue to provide to help pay overtime for law enforcement.