public safety

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Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to Mayor Jennifer Roberts, Vi Lyles, Julie Eiselt, Claire Green Fallon, James Mitchell Jr., Patsy B. Kinsey, LaWana Mayfield, Gregory A. Phipps, Dimple Ajmera, Kenny Smith, Edmund H. Driggs

Keep pedestrians safe. Allow electric vehicles (skateboard) on the road and bike lanes

  TED talk (Lightest Electric Vehicle) - by Sanjay Dastoor All across America, cities are having to adapt to a new vehicle known as the electric skateboard. An electric board is a popular vehicle used to commute around in cities like Los Angeles and New York City. Here in Charlotte, these ordinances have not changed to adapt to these vehicles. I call these vehicles because at 20-35mph (faster than the average bicycle) these things are not children's toys. I commute to work every day on these. And even pick up a few things from the local Harris Teeter right in the heart of uptown Charlotte. Though officials rarely care about these vehicles on the bike lane or the roads. It is my understanding that this activity is not 100% legal and our ordinances do not currently address them. A vehicle capable of such speeds should not be ridden on the sidewalk putting pedestrians and riders in danger.  These vehicles: Cannot be used for jumping (ollies) over cracks/gaps/curbs Are equipped with a very responsive braking system. Are as fast and sometimes faster than bikes. Can have accessory ports that allow for lamp kits such as headlights and taillights. Are NOT "coasters" as defined by the city ordinances. Produce ZERO emissions.  Some of my personal experiences in the sidewalk include:- Hitting uneven sidewalk and flying off the sidewalk and into the road.- Hitting uneven sidewalk and my board flying into traffic causing my board to be run over.- Being at risk of hitting a pedestrian almost every day (I am surprised pedestrians have not jumped into the road to clear a path) The problem is that pedestrians are NOT looking for signals from a rider while on the sidewalk, like drivers would be if the rider was on the road. And like any vehicle, an electric skateboard or even electric bicycle should be regulated by the speed limit (which does not apply in the sidewalk). Dogs are another issue, they are unpredictable and may or not plunge towards the rider which can cause harm to the rider, the dog, and its attached walker. These vehicles are GOING to become more and more popular and our ordinances need to be updated to accommodate for them.   Safety Notes:For those without built-in tail lights and headlights, Shredlights make some of the most durable headlights and taillights for various boards to keep us riders on the road even in low visibility.   Fun Fact: there are 9,281,500 skateboarders in the US alone (2009 study)  

Jose Viscasillas
95 supporters
Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate

Require all MLTS/PBX Phones Dial 911 Easily: Help Enact Kari's Law

On December 1, 2013 Kari Rene Hunt was murdered by her estranged husband whom she was intending to divorce. She agreed to meet him at a local motel to leave their children with him for a short visitation while he was in town. Her estranged husband ambushed her in the motel room and cornered her in the restroom. During the struggle and resulting death of Kari, her oldest daughter, age 9, (name with held for privacy) attempted to dial 911 from the motel room phone. She followed instructions as taught by her mother on the way to call for help but she was never instructed that in some hotels and motels you must first dial a "9" and then 911. We are attempting to ensure that any person needing police, EMS or the Fire Department at any hotel or motel location or from any MLTS/PBX system be able to dial the numbers 911 and receive emergency response. In a panic, any under age child, or for that matter anyone in an emergency situation should be able to depend on dialing 911 from any phone in the United States and receiving assistance. We pray the lawmakers in our Congress and Senate hear the cries of Kari and her children and enact a law requiring all hotel and motel chains, including all "Mom & Pop" locations have all phone systems updated to E911 systems. These systems allow the 911 call to automatically connect to a 911 operator without having to dial a "9" in order to get an outside line. Total E911 fees/funds collected from the use of telephones in the United States was $2,322,983,616.36 in 2012. Total amount spent for E911 or 911 enhancements in the United States was $97,367,543.46 leaving $2,225,616,072.90 un spent. Where is this money? Some states such as Illinois, has diverted monies from the collection of E911 fees to it's general fund therefore being spent on who knows what. The money is there, it's being collected by who? THE GOVERNMENT! It's being spent on very little E911 functionality or just sitting there. Why?  WE ask that Wyndham Hotels, which is the parent company of Baymont Inns and Suites where this incident occured, lead the way in the industry by updating the antiquated phone systems still used in some of their hotels. Sadly though, 2 year 11 months later we have heard nothing from the Wyndham Corporation, however, the Marriott International Corporation has mandated to all franchise hotels under the Marriott brand to update their systems to be direct dial 911. Can you you guess what hotel we will be using from now on will be? That's right , MARRIOTT! Seconds count and when a 9 year old little girl is mature enough and brave enough to attempt to dial for help, she should be answered. When that child dialed 911 she should have heard, "911, what is your emergency?" Instead she heard static. We understand the cost implications (which in most cases is very minimal or free) and know that E911 has been a requirement for a few years, but only a handful of states require it. Why? Money is collected from every citizen that uses a phone but it's the citizen that is NOT benefiting from the collection of these funds. We ask the United States Congress to make it a requirement for all hotel and motels operating the United States and offer conversion assistance where needed. We also ask that such law(s) prohibit excessive charges for doing this update, in most cases it is simply a series of buttons from a keyboard that will solve the problem. Please help make this "Kari's Law".

Hank Hunt
609,715 supporters