Friday, April 7, 2017

BWL urges Lee Legislative Delegation to support roadway safety legislation

As a follow-up to today's NDN/NP editorial about the need for renewed emphasis on roadway safety, BikeWalkLee sent a letter to the Lee Legislative Delegation urging them to support legislation to strengthen laws against distracted driving (HB 47) and to pass the Passidomo bike safety bill (SB 408)Add your voices by contacting members of the delegation.

April 7, 2017

Members of the Lee Legislative Delegation:

Four weeks into the 2017 legislative session, no action has been taken on pending bills (HB 47 and SB 408) aimed at addressing distracted driving and safety for vulnerable road users (including cyclists and pedestrians). We urge you to provide leadership and support for ensuring this legislative session doesn't end without legislative action to improve the safety of all road users in Florida--especially pedestrians and cyclists.

In light of Florida's continuing ranking as the most dangerous state in the country for pedestrians and this year's ranking of Lee County's as the most dangerous metro area in the country for pedestrians, our legislative delegation should be leading the charge.

Naples Daily News (4/6/17) editorial (published today in News-Press), "Toughen laws to help stop distracted driving", is a timely reminder of the need for legislative action.

As stated in our Jan. 18th letter* (which we presented to you at the January Delegation hearing) BikeWalkLee's top priority is for stronger laws and enforcement tools to make Florida roadways safer for all road users, esp. pedestrians and cyclists. One of the reasons Florida has made so little progress is its lax driver safety laws.

We wholeheartedly support the NDN editorial's call for enactment of two legislative initiatives: stronger legislation against distracted driving (including texting while driving) and urge you to champion and support bills that will, at a minimum, make texting while driving a primary offense (HB 74), and passage of the Passidomo bike safety bill (SB 408).

Thank you for your support.

Darla Letourneau


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