Tue. Feb 18th, 2020

Speed limit on A1A could be lowered after child killed in crosswalk


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CHANGES MAY COME, AS WELL. DAN: A NEW KIND OF CROSSWALK IS GETTING A LOT OF THE BLAME FOR THE DEATH OF A 12-YEAR-OLD GIRL, EVEN THOUGH POLICE HAVE NOT FINISHED AN INVESTIGATION INTO HOW IT HAPPENED. WHAT WE DO KNOW IS THAT SOPHIA NELSON OF SATELLITE BEACH WAS HIT AT A CROSSWALK ON DECEMBER 22ND. SHE DIED CHRISTMAS DAY AFTER DONATING HER ORGANS. AND NOW THE STATE SENATE IS CONSIDERING A CHANGE THAT COULD RESTRICT THESE NEW CROSSWALKS TO SMALLER HIGHWAYS. AND THE STATE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT IS CONSIDERING LOWERING THE SPEED LIMIT. THAT SOUNDED LIKE A GOOD IDEA TO SEVERAL MEMBERS OF BREVARD COUNTY’S TRANSPORTATION PLANNING ORGANIZATION, MADE UP OF ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES SUCH AS COUNTY COMMISSIONER BRYAN LOBER. >> TO SHAVE TEN MILES AN HOUR OFF THE SPEED LIMIT SEEMS TO BE THE PRUDENT THING. DAN: THE SPEED LIMIT IS 45 ON A1A IN SATELLITE BEACH, THE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT WANTS TO DROP IT TO 35, WHICH IS ALREADY THE LIMIT IN COCOA BEACH. >> I THINK THERE’S A VERY FAIR CHANCE OF THAT TAKING PLACE. WITH WHAT’S RECENTLY HAPPENED IN SATELLITE BEACH, I THINK THE CHANCE OF THAT GETTING REALIZED IN THE END IS RELATIVELY HIGH. DAN: AS FOR THE NEW CROSSWALKS, SOME PEOPLE BELIEVE THEIR FLASHING YELLOW LIGHTS GIVE PEDESTRIANS A FALSE SENSE OF SECURITY. THEY COULD BE REPLACED BY CROSSWALKS WITH RED LIGHTS THAT STOP TRAFF

Speed limit on A1A could be lowered after child killed in crosswalk

After a crash that killed a young girl, speed limits may be going down on part of the main beach highway through Brevard County.A new kind of crosswalk is getting a lot of the blame for the death of a 12-year-old girl, even though police have not finished an investigation into how it happened.Sophia Nelson, of Satellite Beach, was hit in a crosswalk Dec. 22, 2019. She died Christmas

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