After a 12-year-old girl lost her life due to being struck by a vehicle at a lighted crosswalk, a Florida State Representative is spearheading the passing of a bill (House Bill 1371) aimed at replacing the yellow lights on crosswalks with red ones.
Also known as the Sophia Nelson Pedestrian Safety Act, the bill would make changes to certain roadways. Streets, highways, and roads with a maximum of two lanes and posted speed limits below 35 miles per hour would still use the flashing yellow beacons as before. The red lights or beacons would only be required on roads that have over two lanes and speed limits higher than 35 miles per hour.
Should the bill be approved, a request would be put in with the federal government to make the changes to the red lights. Should the changes receive approval, local governments would be required to implement these changes within a year. If the request is not granted, the agency with road authority shall retrofit current mid-block crosswalks with red flashing lights or get rid of the crosswalk by October 1, 2024.
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