Residents of Davie and other parts of Florida may want to learn about Hillsborough County’s Safe Routes to School initiative. In order to make the journey to school better for those who pedal, roll or walk to school, physical upgrades have been made to encourage exercise and reduce the amount of traffic accidents. For example, at Leto High School in Tampa, new crosswalks have been installed. Crossing signals have also been added as an improvement to the safety of the students.

According to media reports, before the changes were made, students had to navigate a bevy of challenging traffic patterns to get to school. Although they were given instructions on how to cross intersections, the students had to rely on their wits when the situation came up.

Safe Routes to School works with law enforcement, the county Engineering and Operations staff and local schools to look at trouble spots and fix them. They ensure that making students safe is a priority by working to improve the problem issues.

This initiative was sparked by two changes in 2017. Courtesy busing ended for middle and high school students who live within 2 miles of their school. The next year meant more changes; the starting time was changed for elementary, middle and high school students. With this change, some elementary school children had to begin the day in Florida’s morning darkness.

School children as well as adults can be injured by motorists. Pedestrian accidents are common, and their injuries can include spine, neck, brain, back and more. Those who have been injured in this type of accident may want to consult with an attorney who is versed in motor vehicle collisions and can inform victims of their rights. If there is a problem with compensation from an insurance company, an experienced attorney might help.