Florida pedestrian safety law

Governor Crist recently signed into law a bill that addresses pedestrian safety in Florida, saying that when a pedestrian steps into a sidewalk, the driver must stop. This is a major victory for pedestrians seeking safe passage on Miami's streets. In Miami-Dade County, 90 pedestrians were killed and 1,329 were injured in 2006, according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Pedestrian Safety Bill (SB 154) amends sections 316.075 & 316.130 of the Florida Statutes and says, “The driver of a vehicle at any crosswalk where signage so indicates shall stop and remain stopped to allow a pedestrian to cross a roadway when the pedestrian is in the crosswalk or steps into the crosswalk and is upon the half of the roadway upon which the vehicle is traveling or when the pedestrian is approaching so closely from the opposite half of the roadway as to be in danger.” Miami's streets were designed for automobiles, not pedestrians. As more people walk, it's time to urge community leaders to take notice of the new law.

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  1. I thought this was always the law because I’ve heard of people getting tickets for not yielding to a pedestrian in a crosswalk. If I remember correctly, the fine is $200?

    This morning I was at a red light waiting for it to change to green so that I could turn right. There was a pedestrian waiting to my right for the crosswalk light to turn to green so that he could cross the crosswalk where I was waiting to turn. As soon as the light turned green he started crossing the crosswalk and I waited for him to get halfway across, meanwhile about three idiots behind me started honking for me to go. Sheesh!
    One even rolled down his window and screamed at me after we had both turned!
    Why don’t people know that you’re supposed to yield to pedestrians??

    Karin in Orlando

    1. As someone who’s nearly been hit twice in recent weeks while pushing a giant, bright yellow and blue, double stroller around my neighborhood in broad daylight, I can’t verify that one’s attire doesn’t make much of a difference. Drivers (collectively) just want someone/something to blame other than their own poor driving ability.

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