Former lawmaker continues campaign against bad drivers
By Chuck McGinness
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Monday, February 04, 2008
Continuing his campaign to reduce traffic fatalities on Interstate 95, former state Rep. Irv Slosberg will be conducting a series of meetings with law enforcement officials, safety advocates and prosecutors to come up with new and innovative ways to achieve his goal.
The first of his concept group meetings will be Wednesday with representatives of the Florida Department of Transportation, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Florida Highway Patrol, Attorney General's office, state attorney's office and more than 10 police agencies from Broward and Miami-Dade counties.
After the brainstorming session, officers will head to I-95 for a saturation patrol targeting speeders and aggressive drivers.
"We've got to make I-95 safer," Slosberg said Monday. "We're just trying to save lives."
Slosberg started his Staying Alive on 95 campaign in 2004 while serving in the state House. Since losing a bid for a state Senate seat in 2006, he has run the program through a private foundation named for his daughter Dori, who was killed in a 1996 traffic crash.
The concept group meeting with Palm Beach County sheriff's deputies and local police is set for Feb. 20 in Boca Raton.
The intent is to create more awareness of the problem and look at each and every way to stop speeding and aggressive driving, Slosberg said.
In 2006, the latest year that statistics were available, 29 people were killed in 1,525 crashes on I-95 in Palm Beach County. Since 2004, the number of fatalities has remained fairly steady.
The week of Feb. 11-17 has been designated as Aggressive Driving Enforcement Week in Florida. Motorists can be cited for aggressive driving if they are caught speeding or driving too fast for road conditions, changing lanes without signaling or yielding to other drivers and passing in emergency lanes or on the roadway shoulder.