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The Adventures in Biking Safely – March is Florida Bicycle Month!
Drivers: Share the road with bicyclists and always pass or follow cyclists with at least a 3 foot barrier.
Bicyclists: Wear a helmet, ride on the right and make sure drivers can see you with bright clothing and reflectors or lights on your bike.
For more important bicycle safety tips, crash facts and resources, go to our traffic safety bike page here.
UNF Gets New Bike Fix-It Stations
What a perfect way to kick off bicycle month! We are excited to share the new bike stations provided by the FDOT Northeast Florida, and located at the University of North Florida. Your Traffic Safety Team worked with UNF Police Department to coordinate the installation and identification of locations for students – great for quick and easy bicycle repairs to help bike safe!
The self-serve bike repair stations are free to use. They contain air pumps along with a variety of tools to help riders work on their bikes. Located around the UNF campus at: Crossings Bike Station Q Building, Fountains Bike Station, Hall Landing Bike Station, and Village A Building Bike Station.
We are excited to present the 20th annual Recipes for the Road. Over the last two decades we have made a positive impact to help keep people safe on our roads during the holidays. Many thanks to the volunteers and sponsors that share our passion and goal of reducing alcohol-related traffic crashes and fatalities in our communities. These people and organizations have been instrumental in the book’s creation and continued success.
#SoberDriverSelfie – Do your part by not driving while intoxicated. Join the fun and share a pic of you with your book!
Over 20,000 full-color copies are printed and distributed each year. Enjoy flipping through this year’s Recipes for the Road book below or click here to download a PDF copy. You may also order free copies online.
Have a Safe Holiday Season – Be Responsible and Do Not Drink and Drive
Thanksgiving through the New Year is a fun and festive time of year. Throughout this fall and winter season there are many celebrations, family gatherings, festivals, football pre-game tailgating and holiday parties. They are all best enjoyed when we celebrate responsibly. Please always drive safe and sober.
Recipes for the Road was started to help reduce drinking and driving, offering a great collection of non-alchoholic drink recipes. Please feel free to share and enjoy all these mocktails, food recipes, safety activity games and traffic safety tips.
It’s a team effort to produce Recipes for the Road every year. We couldn’t do it without our wonderful sponsors, partners and volunteers! This year extra special thanks go out to AAA The Auto Club Group Jacksonville + PonteVedra, Landstar and Northeast Florida Safety Council. Your passion to keep our roads safe are truly appreciated.
FDOT District Two got into the spirit with a “Recipes for the Road” submission contest. Look for the favorite winning non-alcoholic drinks, desserts and hors d’ oeuvre recipes from our dedicated team.
Chef Tom consistently comes up with tasty, original recipes… look on page 12 for the “Easy-Peasy Pom-Lemon Squeeze” from Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails. Jax Illuminations is wonderful and if you want to see Jacksonville’s best drive thru holiday light show, see page 17 for a special discount off admission.
NEW – See and share our cover drink recipe videos!
Dreamy Hot Cocoa and The Marshmallow Snowman Recipe Video:
Green Grinch Punch and Grinch Kabob Recipe Video:
Historical Recipes for the Road
Click to view a PDF of our previous booklets starting from our inaugural issue in 1997!
Watch our 2016 FDOT Celebrate Safely video filmed at JaxIlluminations light show!
HAWK is a Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon Traffic System
Guide to HAWK = High-Intensity Activated CrossWalk
Your Community Traffic Safety Team presents this important new traffic system operating instructions. Watch the video above to learn what drivers and pedestrians should do when they approach a HAWK Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon. You may also flip through the book below or download the PDF “HAWK 101 Guide” by FDOT Northeast Florida District Two.
No Regrets When You DRIVE WITH CARE & CROSS WITH CARE
HAWK Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon Operation:
• Drivers will see all indication lights are dark when there is no pedestrian waiting to cross, and the pedestrian signal will maintain a “DON’T WALK” symbol.
• Pedestrians who want to cross the street will need to push the button to activate the system.
• Drivers will see a FLASHING YELLOW light for a few seconds when pedestrians push the button. Drivers should reduce speed and prepare to stop.
• Pedestrians will still see the “DON’T WALK” symbol and should wait.
• Drivers will see the flashing go to a STEADY YELLOW light, warning them the indication will soon turn to a STEADY RED light.
• Pedestrians continue to see the “DON’T WALK” symbol and should remain waiting.
• Drivers will see a STEADY RED light, which requires them to STOP at the stop line.
• Pedestrians will then see a “WALK” symbol to cross and should look in both directions to make sure all vehicles are stopped.
• Drivers will see ALTERNATING FLASHING RED lights, as pedestrians cross the street. During this period, drivers are required to STOP and then they may proceed with caution if crosswalk is clear.
• Pedestrians will see the WALK indication change to a flashing countdown that indicates how much time they have remaining to cross the street.
• Drivers will see all lights are back to dark at the end of the flashing countdown and may continue to proceed through the crosswalk if it is clear.
• Pedestrians will see the “DON’T WALK” symbol and must push the button to activate the system again.
Pedestrian Safety – Traffic Control Box Wraps: “Push, Wait, Walk”
Jacksonville, Florida – Your Community Traffic Safety Team is dedicated to “Bringing You Home Safely.” Please remember to always use the crosswalk or cross at an intersection – not in the middle of the block. Walk on the sidewalk or walk facing traffic as far over as possible when a sidewalk is not available. Constantly be aware and make sure drivers see you!
Above is a quick highlight video of the pedestrian safety message installed around traffic control boxes by Northeast Florida Department of Transportation. Your Community Traffic Safety Team has been targeting drivers with their “No Regrets When You DRIVE WITH CARE” safety messages and continues to promote safe driving education and reminders. This past year, the campaign extended out onto the streets for a positive reminder to everyone walking on our streets to be safe and arrive alive.
Over 70 pedestrian safety traffic control box wraps have been installed in Northeast Florida. The message reminds walkers to “Always Use The Crosswalk, Walk On Sidewalks & Be Aware!” When crossing a lighted intersection with a crosswalk, it is important to “Push” the crosswalk button, “Wait” for the light to change and cars to completely stop, then “Walk” with caution while making sure oncoming cars are stopping and drivers see you in the crosswalk.
Video clip of the first pedestrian safety message being installed on a traffic control box: Crosswalk Safety
Visit our Pedestrian Safety page for more information and resources.
See FirstCoastNews’ report on our initiative to spread awareness and help protect pedestrians and bicyclists in our community. ( )
Watch News4Jax story about a “Woman hit crossing Beach Boulevard.” (Ashley Harding, News4Jax.com
U R The Key: Drive to Save Lives tour at area high schools
Jacksonville and St Augustine – Cara Filler presented her Drive To Save Lives to many of our local high school students. Cara’s identical twin sister was killed in a crash while driving with her boyfriend, who was speeding and showboating. Cara uses her personal tragedy to educate teens in a positive and “doesn’t feel like learning” way on how to be a safe passenger, how to get out of driving with an impaired or dangerous driver, and how to take personal charge of your own safety.
“Your life. Your choice.”
Car crashes continue to be the number one cause of death for our teens. Having this amazing, national speaker available to our schools for free to discuss the importance of teen traffic safety was priceless. Special thanks go out to Florida SADD with grants from State Farm and the Florida Teen Safe Driving Coalition for making these life-saving presentations happen at eight of our schools.
Our Community Traffic Safety Team and other educational outreach of groups like SADD and the Teen Safe Driving Coalition continue to do all that we can to drive down teen deaths on our roadways. Our community leaders and partners help ensure teen drivers are provided with the information, motivation and tools that will keep them safe on the road.
Cara is a natural speaker, engaging and memorable. This powerful tour will not be forgotten by the students. The video, recorded and produced by Favorite Studios, is only a highlight of the full presentation which lasted about an hour. There was such an enthusiastic response from students and faculty, we can hope to see more of these teen safety events in the future.
Stay Happy & Alive – Focus on Driving
Northeast Florida’s Community Traffic Safety Team introduces their new Distracted Driving Safety Campaign with the help of a few emoji friends…Some initial reactions range from big smiles to all out laughing, to surprise and serious chill bumps. Distracted driving is no laughing matter. While this is a more unique and light-hearted approach to remind everyone not to text and drive, it has a grave message. Pay attention when you’re behind the wheel. Don’t forget to always wear your seat belt. It isn’t just a good idea, IT”S THE LAW.
No Regrets When You STOP DISTRACTIONS
In addition to the distracted driving emoji PSA safety video, a tag-a-long flyer was created. But it’s not just an ordinary handout that gets tossed out. The safety card is also a sticker sheet. So just peel off your favorite emoji face, happy or sad, and get a cool sticker with an important safety reminder. On the back are more traffic safety tips. These are great for young teen drivers and those of us that need the occasional reminder stop texting while driving. This includes checking emails, social media, stocks, news, games and other apps. Phone Down, Eyes Up! Buckle Up!!
Behind the scenes emoji style with Favorite Studios
Even though distracted driving is not a laughing matter, we did have a lot fun making this commercial. Creating the concept, illustrating the emoji faces and making the emoji masks brought lots of smiles and very little blood, sweat or tears. Shooting the video brought a whole new set of challenges, but it’s totally worth our efforts if we save just one life. And hopefully make a difference in how we all drive. First responders, FHP, local police and emergency personal deserve a big thank for all they do at the scene of a car crash when accidents happen. Special appreciation goes out to our local St Johns County Fire Rescue and crew at the Murabella Fire Station 16. Their insight, knowledge and willingness to help was amazing.
The creative and video crew learned real-life procedures and the serious consequences of not focusing on the road driving safe. Our emoji driver was seriously injured in the video, while the passenger friends did not. This is what the driver said about the experience, “Actually texting while driving, even under the controlled conditions during filming was frightening. But nothing prepared me for being strapped onto a gurney. It’s uncomfortable and pulse raising to say the least. I never want to be in a real car accident!”
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