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Commissioner Sosa tackles domestic violence, traffic gridlock, autism

Video: Miami-Dade Commissioner Rebeca Sosa details plans

Miami-Dade Commissioner Rebeca Sosa details three important initiatives on her plate: addressing domestic violence, Wallet Cards for the county's autistic and reversible traffic lanes.
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Miami-Dade Commissioner Rebeca Sosa details three important initiatives on her plate: addressing domestic violence, Wallet Cards for the county's autistic and reversible traffic lanes.

Miami-Dade Commissioner Rebeca Sosa told the Miami Herald Editorial Board on Monday she is pushing for countywide initiatives that will address three crucial issues: domestic violence, autistic resident and traffic gridlock.

“I’ve been listening to what my constituents are saying,” Ms. Sosa said, explaining the motivation for her initiatives.

Here they are:

▪  Commissioner Sosa says the epidemic of domestic violence in Miami-Dade must be addressed in a new fashion. One way is by reaching children at an early age. She’s sponsored a resolution directing county Mayor Carlos Gimenez to establish a Domestic Violence Education Trust Fund to receive private-sector, tax-deductible donations to support programs to educate children about domestic violence.

“Children see domestic violence at home and think it’s normal. When they grow up, they imitate the same behavior. We have to stop that,” she said.

▪ To avoid confrontations between first responders and autistic residents, the commissioner is sponsoring the idea of giving Wallet Cards to autistic residents, a measure already under way in Coral Gables. Police would be trained to deal differently with those carrying the cards.

▪ Commissioner Sosa continues her push to ease gridlock by installing reversible traffic lanes along major thoroughfares. This means, some lanes of traffic would be reversed when traffic is heaviest in one direction.

All three initiatives have been approved by the Miami-Dade Commission.

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