According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the 2013 vs. 2012 total traffic fatalities in the United States decreased 3.1 percent, pedestrian fatalities decreased 1.7 percent and, bicyclist fatalities increased 1.2 percent.
But, here’s the bad news: Florida’s pedestrian and bicycle fatalities were up 5.3 and 16.4 percent respectively.
In Miami-Dade County, these fatalities were up 32.7 and 120 percent respectively!
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration in the Petroleum Marketing May 2014 Report, Florida ranks behind 38 other states in the cents per gallon charged on gasoline.
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It’s time for our state legislature to increase the state tax on gasoline to provide much needed funding for pedestrian/bike safety.
Pedestrians and bicyclists are paying the ultimate price.
Can’t we afford a few more pennies a gallon?
Jim Smith, Delray Beach