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FDOT Promotes “Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow – Safety Doesn’t Happen by Accident” Campaign at Mayfaire by-the-Lake 2014.

 

Bartow – The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) continues its successful “Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow – Safety Doesn’t Happen by Accident” bicycle/pedestrian safety campaign during Mayfaire by-the-Lake 2014 this weekend along the shores of Lake Morton in Lakeland.  FDOT staff will offer bike/ped safety tips and hand out various safety items (while quantities last), from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, May 10 and 11.

 

            In Florida, one in five traffic fatalities is a pedestrian and one in 20 is a bicyclist.  FDOT District Secretary Billy Hattaway is the statewide champion leading Florida’s initiative to reduce fatalities among bicyclists and pedestrians. 

 

“Florida has too many bicyclist and pedestrian fatalities, and Polk County is one of the 10 worst counties in the state,” Hattaway said. “We’re taking steps forward with our bike/ped partners in the county to identify potential treatments and educate people in the community. We need to change their behavior with the goal to improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists.” 

 

Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow emphasizes four important behaviors for pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers on our roadways:

 

  • always use the crosswalk,
  • look before crossing,
  • stop before turning on red,
  • yield to pedestrians.

 

 

“Learning the rules and making sure to follow them every time will help reduce fatalities and injuries to pedestrians and bicyclists.  The state initiative and what it can accomplish is critical,” Secretary Hattaway said.

 

On Saturday, May 10, Lakeland Mayor Howard Wiggs will join Secretary Hattaway at FDOT’s tent directly across from the main food court from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. They will be available to discuss bicycle safety with media and members of the community. 

More information about “Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow – Safety Doesn’t Happen by Accident” is available at http://www.alerttodayflorida.com/.

 

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US98 AT BELLA VISTA FLASHING YELLOW ARROW SIGNAL NOW ENERGIZED

Join the City & FDOT to Celebrate

 

LAKELAND, FL (October 1, 2013) - Please join us to celebrate the new fully-operational traffic signal at the US 98/Bella Vista intersection in Lakeland.  This celebration will be held on Thursday, October 3rd, starting at 9:00 a.m. in the southwest corner of the US 98/Bella Vista intersection, in front of the Lakeland Fire Department station at 110 West Bella Vista Street. 

 

The new US 98/Bella Vista traffic signal features the first use of a “Flashing Yellow Arrow” signal in Polk County and it is the first such traffic signal located within the twelve counties served by the Florida Department of Transportation District One. 

 

Flashing Yellow Arrows remind motorists to yield to oncoming traffic and pedestrians when making left turns at signalized intersections and have enhanced traffic safety where they have been installed around the United States.  District Secretary Billy Hattaway will provide remarks regarding this project and the benefits of using a Flashing Yellow Arrow. 

 

For more information on the Flashing Yellow Arrow, please visit the City of Lakeland Web page athttp://www.lakelandgov.net/BellaVistaSignalization.aspx. City staff will also be present to discuss other planned area transportation projects, including the Bella Vista Trail between Martin Luther King Avenue and West Lake Parker Drive.

 

Following remarks by Mayor Gow Fields and Secretary Hattaway, refreshments will be served in the Community Room at Larry R. Jackson Branch Library.  We look forward to seeing you on Thursday!