By Larisa Svechin, Vice Mayor
(Friday, February 26, 2021) – We have a problem on State Road A1A (Collins Avenue) and State Road 826 (163rd Street/Sunny Isles Boulevard) with distracted driving. This is a pestilence on our community. We may be restricted as a City, however as a community working together, we are strong and unstoppable. While we have increased police presence and enforcement, there is still more to do, most of which will require collaboration with the State, including the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).
I applaud the SIBPD for stepping up enforcement and holding a joint operation with FDOT over the next several weeks, which will remind motorists that the law will be strictly enforced in SIB. FDOT has approved immediate action to improve pedestrian safety on SR 826. I’ve already reached out to community leaders, residents, business owners, and state leaders to join our upcoming workshop on putting pedestrians first. This will include an in-depth examination and analysis of how to make our streets safer, so that FDOT can continue to meet our safety needs.
As a resident, you can immediately visit nhtsa.gov/enforcement-justice-services for up-to-date recommendations, stats, and studies. It is time for change.