On Saturday, April 16, Florida Department of Transportation employees participated in two events to bring safety to the forefront and drive down fatalities by taking part in Walk Like MADD events in Tallahassee and Orlando. The events were promoted by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).
FDOT has a focused initiative to reduce crashes, fatalities, and serious injuries involving pedestrians and bicyclists. Florida’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Coalition is charged with increasing awareness and driving down these fatalities.
Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Jim Boxold said, “Driving or bicycling while under the influence of alcohol are a big concern, and FDOT is proud to take part in the Walk Like MADD efforts. Every crash, every injury, and every fatality not only affects those involved, it affects our families, friends, and community. That’s why it is important to get the word out and encourage residents and visitors to navigate their route safely.”
FDOT Central Office fielded a team for the event in Tallahassee. To show support FDOT’s commitment to achieving zero traffic fatalities, participating District Five employees at the Orlando event dressed up in prom-themed attire, as area high schools are in prom season, and FDOT wants to remind all, especially underage students, to not drink and drive while celebrating their achievement at the school year’s end. The team also took safety pledges from those who stopped by the FDOT booth.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) hosts walks across the nation to remember lost loved ones and inspire change. Both FDOT and MADD have a common goal of zero impairment related traffic fatalities. For more information about Florida’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Coalition, visit www.AlertTodayFlorida.com.