FDOT Public Records Requests


 Update:  9 December 2020

Below is a copy of the Complaint is just Postal Mailed to the Florida Attorney General. Why is it "in this day and age" Snail Mail is the only way for a Citizen to file a Complaint to the Florida Attorney General? (Unless I missed something on their website.) Also, why is an Assistant General Counsel handling a routine Public Records Request? Isn't this something that should done by a Clerk?


Office of Attorney General
State of Florida
The Capitol PL-01
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1050

Dear Sir/Mam:

RE:  Public Records Act Complaint against;

Daniel Krumbholz

Assistant General Counsel

Florida Department of Transportation

605 Suwannee Street, MS 58

Tallahassee, Florida  32399-0458

Phone: (850) 414-5270

Fax:      (850) 414-5264

E-mail: Daniel.krumbholz@dot.state.fl.us

I would like to file a Public Records Act complaint against Mr. Daniel Krumbholz for providing the wrong Data and withholding the requested Public Information.

I have been researching Gender and Adult/Child Trends in Florida Pedestrian Deaths (2000-2019) which occurred at Mid-Block Crosswalks which are located on Multiple Lane Roads, 45mph or above speed limit. 

The initial response to my request was that there were over 4,500 matching records and it would cost me $7,700.00 for clerical and redaction fees.

I then requested what it would cost for just the Data for Deaths which occurred at Unmarked Mid-Block Crosswalks on Multiple Lane Roads with 45mph or above and AADT 40,000 or above.  I was told the FDOT only had Matching Records for this request from 2007-2019 and that there were 1,557 matching records. I was told it would cost $2,316.00 for the redaction and clerical fees for these records.

I can afford this so I made one final request.  I asked to provide with the Male/Female Data and Adult/Child Data from the above two requests.  I noted there should be no fees involved since I was simply asking for a couple of additional Data Points. I also asked that the Data not be provided in an image format since I am legally blind and it is not accessible. 

Mr. Krumbholz then said he understood the request and it would only cost me $104.17 for the Data.  Mr. Krumbholz then sent me a CD with 153 image files of UNRELATED Redacted Crash Reports. 

Copies of all Public Records Requests and Responses have been placed online at:

Mr. Krumbholz has since failed to reply to my complaints that he provided the wrong Data.

The Male/Female and Adult / Child Data is Public Information that is being hidden by the FDOT.  If the FDOT can tell me how many Matching Records that have to my request then they can also extract the Male / Female and Adult / Child Data.

Please hold Mr. Krumbholz accountable for his Professional Misconduct and failure to comply with the Public Records Act. 

Please ensure that my $104.17 is returned to me and that I am provided with the few Data Points of Public Data which I have requested.

Respectfully,

Jeff Redding
4009 Maverick Avenue
Sarasota, Florida
941-227-6965
 



Update:  July 28th, 2020

The FDOT charged me $104.17 for a  CD with 153  .pdf image files of Crash Reports.  I specifically asked them not to send me any image files because I was blind.  This is not what I asked or paid for.  Please contact the FDOT and tell them that you would also like to know how many of the 4500 and 1,557 killed are women and children. 





MBC = Mid-Block Crosswalk
UMBC = Unmarked Mid-Block Crosswalk
PSI = Pedestrian Safety Island/Refuge
UPSI = Unmarked Pedestrian Safety Island/Refuge



Request #


Date Sent

Request

Date Replied
# of Matching Records

Cost for Records

Outcome


1


1/13/2020
# of MBC/PSI Deaths
2000 - 2019


2/5/2020


4,500


$7,700.00

too much $ re-wrote Request


2


2/5/2020
# of UMBC/UPSI
2007-2019



2/15/2020


1557


$2316.00

(no data available prior to 2007) too much $ re-wrote Request


3



4/23/2020
Requested the Male/Female, Adult/Child Data be extracted from Requests 1 and 2 above.



5/6/2020




4500 and 1557




$104.17


5/7/2020 sent FDOT check in the amount of $104.17, on 6/2/2020 check cleared (check #5606)


Lessons Learned From Requests 1 and 2:

1 August 2020

Note:  In the past 25 years Non-Intersection Pedestrian Deaths in Florida has risen from about 75% to almost 90%.

The above Public Records Requests asked for the Data for Fatal Pedestrian Accidents which occur at Marked and Unmarked Mid-Block Crosswalks which are in violation of Federal Safety Standards.  The FDOT tries to hide the specifics of the Fatalities by charging high prices for confusing image files of Crash Reports. By the FDOT simply responding that there were 4,500 and 1,557 Deaths is evidence of the deadly consequences of violating Federal Safety Standards.

The FDOT has not responded to repeated requests asking how many of the 4,500 and 1,557 were women and children. 

Crash Data about the Crosswalks the FDOT installs should be made available online to the Public.  I mean a Database and don't send image files to a Blind Person.  The FDOT should redact any non-public information and release the Data. 

What are they hiding?  They are hiding the fact that they are violating Safety Standards, the ADA, and killing a lot of Pedestrians.  And, a disproportionate number of Women and Children.




April 23rd, 2020

Dear Mr. Krumbholz (FDOT) and Ms. McKenzie (DOT):

I am sorry you are having difficulty understanding my Records Request and will attempt to clearly clarify.  

I am researching Mid-Block Crosswalk Fatalities, Male vs Female, Adult vs Child, at Marked vs Unmarked Mid-Block Crosswalks on High Speed, High Traffic, Multiple Lane Roads..

The FDOT has responded to two previous Public Records Requests. 

1.  Between 2000 and 2019 the FDOT reported 4500 Fatalities at Marked Mid-Block Crosswalks.

2.  Between 2007 and 2019 The FDOT reported 1557 Fatalities at Unmarked Mid-Block Crosswalks.  The FDOT reported they no Records for Fatalities at Unmarked Mid-Block Crosswalks prior to 2007.

I simply want to know of the two above Record Matches how many were Female, and how many were under 18 years of age?  There should be no charge for redaction and clerical costs.

This is Public Information that the FDOT and DOT  can easily provide with a simple Database Query.  This Data should be released within a timely manner in accordance with Florida Sunshine Laws and the Freedom Of Information Act.

‚ÄčThank you for your time and consideration.  Please be safe out there.

Very Respectfully,