Heartbreaking. Simply heartbreaking. Nov 27, 2018, update: DAVIE, Fla. - The news is not getting any better. As reported by Channel 10 news, Second victim dies after driver crashes into group of bicyclists in Davie, Driver cooperating with investigation, police say: Report that a second person has died after a driver crashed into a group of bicyclists Sunday in Davie, police confirmed Tuesday. Also see Miami Herald online, A second cyclist has died after being hit by a distracted driver during group ride
By David Neal
Carlos Rodriguez, 62, was identified as the latest victim to die from his injuries. Denise Marsh, 53, was pronounced dead at the scene.
“Wife and mother killed when driver strikes 6 cyclists on Sunday morning group ride” – the headline
of a Sunday article posted online Miami Herald, by David J. Neal. Heartbreaking. No one has prematurely judged
the driver – the journalist reported that “The driver said she was distracted,
but doesn’t remember from what.”
I find it extremely
troubling how so many people feel it is acceptable to drive while distracted.
Most often the distractions are voluntary, created by the driver themselves. It
is almost as if some drivers try to find something else to do to take up their
travel time.Driving and texting is unacceptable.
As a cyclist, a runner,
as a person simply walking my dog through our neighborhood, I have had more
than my fair share of close calls.
I continue to be an active leader of Palmetto Bay, a community that has
consistently pushed for strengthening the distracted driving laws. (CLICK HERE to view some of our efforts).
This is a
matter of public safety, of preserving life. I don’t understand the reluctance.
Innocent people are being permanently injured, worse yet, lives are being
I may be leaving elected office on December 5, but that will not silence me from continuing the efforts
on this issue of great public safety.
The time has long
passed for the Florida Legislature to properly take this issue on and
strengthen texting and driving Law currently on the books.
How many more
residents of this great State have to pay the price?
I want to thank past members
of our Palmetto Bay Youth Community Involvement Board, particularly Mark Merwitzer, a Palmetto Bay resident, a founding member of our Palmetto Bay Youth
Community Involvement Board, and past chair of our Youth Board. Mark is now a student at the University of Florida and is ready once again to lobby our Florida Legislature this coming year.
Legislature has pre-empted local governments on many issues, including
anti-distracted legislation within their own jurisdictions (as they should as
this is a State and a National problem, but preemption is a responsibility to act on our behalf).
We have called upon
the Florida Legislature to hear the pleas and act numerous times! Let’s get
Florida off the list of a mere 4 states(out of 50) which do not consider deadly
distracted driving to be a primary offense.
It is up to the Florida Legislature – and our Governor – to enact a
statewide law in order to keep our communities safe – everywhere – in public
and private, in school and in parks AND on the roads.
Mark has been a
contributor to my blog - one of my medias used to stay on the record and push
out many issues of importance. His
latest post was last January - on, of course, the importance of ending
distracted driving. Please follow the link (click on the headline) to view
Mark's post of January 14, 2018, Guest Post - Mark Merwitzer - an advocate for safe roads - ending distracted driving.
Thank you Mark and
fellow students for the work with Miami-Dade County and other municipalities.
The Florida legislature has seen a massive push from numerous local governments
across Florida. Palmetto Bay has
included the anti-distracted driving legislative annually. We want lives saved.
How many more lives
will it take before our legislature and governor act?