Make Traffic Re-Routing through a school zone ILLEGAL!
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As a resident of the neighborhood of Calusa Estates, in Miami Dade County, Florida, I send my young children to the 3rd highest ranked elementary school in the county, Calusa Elementary. I live less than 1 mile from the school, and can drive through my neighborhood, avoiding major intersections in order to get to school on a daily basis.
However, due to the absolutely overwhelming amount of traffic (a problem county-wide) and the development of smart phone apps such as Waze, or Google Maps, it's becoming increasingly challenging to make the simple drive to drop off my children at school. These apps are giving re-routing suggestions to the drivers on the roads in rush hour traffic, directing drivers to use neighborhood roads (SCHOOL ZONES) to bypass the main roads and shave a few minutes of time off their commutes. And Calusa Estates is not the only neighborhood dealing with this issue. Too many school zoned neighborhoods are complaining daily of the same issues, and for the last several years the problems only progress and no changes are made. This CANNOT continue. Within quiet neighborhoods, we are suffering bumper to bumper traffic causing a less-than-one-mile drive to take upwards of 30 minutes. There are cars blocking homeowners from pulling out of their driveways in the morning, children waiting at bus stops are in danger from reckless drivers, and this is unacceptable.
With this petition, we propose the Florida Department of Transportation, State Representative Carlos Curbelo, Governor Rick Scott, and/or anyone else that can make effective change, pass a law that makes it illegal for any Traffic App to re-route traffic through school zones during peak school hours, and to make it illegal for any driver to take it upon themselves to re-route through school zoned neighborhoods during peak school hours.
These drivers are impatient, reckless, distracted and careless. We CANNOT WAIT until a person is injured, or worse- killed, before change gets made. Save or neighborhoods, save our schools, and protect our children. Sign this petition.
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