FDOT Public Records Requests

Government Officials refuse to respond to Complaints concerning Pedestrian Safety Standard Violations. The FDOT will only respond to Public Records Requests.  However, the FDOT charges very high "redaction and clerical fees".

Research indicates there were spikes in the Florida Pedestrian Death Rae in 2008 and 2014.  I think there was specifically a rise in Female and Child Pedestrian Deaths due to Unmarked Mid-Block Crosswalks (Misplaced Wheelchair Curb Cuts) that do not comply with Federal Safety Standards.

Data is not available from the FDOT for Unmarked Mid-Block Crosswalks Deaths prior to 2007.  Did th3e FDOT start installing Unmarked Mid-Block Crosswalks (Misplaced Wheelchair Curb Cuts) after the release of the
2006 FDOT Sponsored Study prepared by the Center for Urban Transportation Research.



  

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

2-1


3/5/2020
The above two requests were also sent to the DOT FOIA.



3/15/2020
The DOT said they will also need to charge $.


None


3




3/8/2020
# of MBC/PSI Deaths By Gender
2018







4




3/8/2020
# of UMBC/UPSI Crosswalk Deaths By Gender
2018





5
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:



Between 2009 and 2018 there was a yearly average of 563  Pedestrian Deaths in Florida.  A yearly average of 225 (40 )% of these deaths occurred at Mid-Block Crosswalks. 


A yearly average of 130 (23)% of these deaths occurred at Unmarked Mid-Block Crosswalks or Pedestrian Safety Islands (Deadly Misplaced Wheelchair Curb Cuts).




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,




3/13/2020

Hello Mr. Redding, thank you for reaching out to us. I am forwarding your request to Dr. Pei-Sung Lin ITS Program manager..

 Dr. Lin‚Ķplease review and advise.

 Kind regards,

Pam

 Pamela S. Lapaugh, CRA-USF

Staff Assistant
Center for Urban Transportation Research
University of South Florida
813.974.3120 | cutr.usf.edu
3/10/2020
Dear Florida State Traffic Engineering and Operations Office:
kentavius.williams@dot.state.fl.us

Can you please provide me with the guidelines you have developed for placing midblock crosswalks at uncontrolled locations for the Traffic Engineering Manual.

RE:  Pedestrian Safety at Mid-Block Locations FDOT Report September 2006 Contract Number: BD544-16
"While existing evidence is still uncertain in whether placing midblock crosswalks at uncontrolled locations will improve pedestrian safety, the report has incorporated this uncertainty into the guidelines developed. The State Traffic Engineering and Operations Office is in the process of developing guidelines for placing midblock crosswalks at uncontrolled locations for the Traffic Engineering Manual. The results from this report could become an important source of information."
Thank you,