FDOT Assistant Secretary Brian Blanchard and Chief Safety Engineer Lora Hollingsworth stood with other key safety partners and stakeholders on the steps of the Old Capitol on the issue of traffic safety. The Dori Slosberg Foundation and Geico hosted a 500-mile bicycle tour across Florida to raise awareness of this critical issue. The tour started in Orlando and visited Tampa and Gainesville before concluding in Tallahassee.
Assistant Secretary Blanchard spoke on FDOT’s commitment to drive down fatalities and the “Alert Today Alive Tomorrow” educational bike and pedestrian safety campaign. With pedestrians and bicyclists accounting for over 22 percent of Florida traffic fatalities, it is FDOT’s highest priority to reduce those numbers. He also highlighted that Florida’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan focus has been expanded to include aggressive driving, at-risk road users (teen and aging road users), distracted driving, impaired driving, intersection crashes, lane departure crashes, traffic data, and vulnerable road users (bicyclists, pedestrians and motorcyclists).