FDOT Assistant Secretary Brian Blanchard stood on the Florida Capitol steps with partners for Road Safety Week to highlight safety. The event was hosted by the Dori Slosberg Foundation and coincided with the Safe Teen Driving Safety Summit. The Florida Highway Patrol, Florida Bicycle Association, and Florida Transportation Builder’s Association were partners as well. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi also spoke on the importance of road safety. The event was paired with a display of work zone awareness on the steps of the Old Capitol.
Florida has seen a dramatic 47% decline in work zone fatalities and serious injuries the last three years. FDOT has elevated pedestrian and bicycle safety to a focus initiative and has seen a decline in fatalities. The state has also seen an increase in safety belt usage. At about 87% seatbelt usage, Florida has been above the national average of 84% since June 2009 when it became a primary law in Florida. Since 2008, Florida has a requirement to have mandatory training for a motorcycle endorsement on licenses, improving motorcycle safety. Additionally, the ban on texting while driving took effect last October 1.
FDOT’s mission is to deliver a safe transportation system and, working with partners, we are getting closer to our goal of driving down fatalities. All of these efforts and engineering are part of FDOT’s initiative to save lives on the roadways.