Driving Fatalities Down to Zero in Sarasota and Manatee Counties

20181025_090549 MPO Staff and partners inspect the intersection of 53rd and US 41 during a road safety audit.

Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) and Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act legislation require metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) to use outcome-based planning for five safety measures:

  • Number of fatalities
  • Rate of fatalities
  • Number of serious injuries
  • Rate of serious injuries
  • Number of non-motorized fatalities and non-motorized serious injuries

The MPO adopted their first targets for the 2014-2018 five-year rolling average on January 22, 2018. These first targets were based on actual data from 2012 to 2016. The 2018 crash data is available and has been used to evaluate and compare the adopted targets with the actual numbers.

The second targets for 2015-2019 five-year rolling average were adopted on September 24, 2018 where realistic, attainable safety performance targets were set based on historical statistics and projected trends. The unvalidated 2019 data is now available. Based on this data, the actual numbers are higher than originally projected and the MPO will not meet some of the adopted 2015-2019 safety targets. The 2019 data will be validated Summer of 2020.

Evaluating how each performance measure has trended, allows the MPO to make a more informed decision in establishing 2016-2020 targets as well as future year targets. This evaluation helps in identifying areas for focused attention to allocate resources and funding to make the transportation system safer.

MPOs must set targets for each of the five Safety Performance Measures by February 27, 2020.

Five-Year Safety Performance Measures Rolling Averages
5 yr roll avg 2020

Vision Zero as a long-term goal and 2016-2020 MPO safety targets for the Sarasota/Manatee region adopted on January 27, 2020:
2016 2020 safety PM adopted targets


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FDOT Urges Drivers to Stop on Red


Bartow– This week is “National Stop on Red Week”, and from Aug. 4 to 10, members of Florida’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Coalition will be reminding everyone to STOP on RED including when making a right turn. The coalition, led by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), is a diverse group of stakeholders including federal, state, local, and public partners. The coalition is focused on the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists.

“At the Florida Department of Transportation, safety is our number one priority,” said FDOT State Bicycle Pedestrian Safety Program Manager Trenda McPherson. “The goal of this event is to remind all road users, including drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists to always stop on red. Because safety doesn’t happen by accident!”

FDOT has organized teams to conduct on-street safety outreach. The local effort is occurring August 7th from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the intersection of US 41 and 53rd Avenue West.  Other partners participating include the National Coalition for Safer Roads, Manatee County and Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

FDOT offers these tips for reducing intersection crashes:

  • When approaching a traffic light, you should ALWAYS be prepared to STOP on RED.
  • After stopping, you may turn right on red ONLY if the way is clear of pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists and, there is no sign posted that prohibits right turns on red or an officer directing you otherwise.
  • Always SHARE THE ROAD safely.
  • Pedestrians should always USE THE CROSSWALK and OBEY THE PEDESTRIAN SIGNAL, and even when you have the signal to cross, look twice for approaching motorists or bicyclists before entering the street or intersection.
  • Bicyclists have the same responsibilities as motorists. You should always obey traffic signals and ride predictably, WITH THE FLOW OF TRAFFIC.

Created by the Federal Highway Administration, “National Stop on Red Week” aims to educate drivers about the dangers of red-light running, and to help reduce the number and severity of traffic crashes.

Media inquiries, or for more information about Florida’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Coalition, please contact Trenda McPherson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information about the National Coalition for Safer Roads (NCSR) or to interview NCSR President Melissa Wandall, please contact 941-545-3359 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Full Traffic Signal to be Installed at U.S. 301/CR 675 Intersection in Parrish

parrish Photo courtesy of Bradenton Herald

Joint effort by FDOT and Manatee County to continue to improve safety

Bartow, FL---The Florida Department of Transportation, in coordination with Manatee County, is planning to install a full four-way traffic signal at the intersection of U.S. 301 and CR 675 in the Village of Parrish.

After extensive community involvement and exploring a variety of options, FDOT has determined the best solution to provide a long-term safety and operational benefit for both residents and visitors who travel through the intersection.

In order to facilitate the operation of a traditional traffic signal, Manatee County will upgrade 69th Street from a narrow local road to a wider road that can accommodate the two-way traffic entering and exiting the US 301/CR 675 intersection.

“We are glad to partner with Manatee County to develop a plan that will meet the needs of the community with appropriate traffic control at the intersection, and the necessary roadway improvements,” said FDOT District 1 Secretary L.K. Nandam. 

In addition to widening 69th Street, the county plans to upgrade additional roads in the vicinity of the US 301/CR 675 intersection.

FDOT is working towards finalizing a start date for the installation of the new signal. Once construction begins, motorists may encounter occasional closures, detours and possible delays.  Motorists are urged to obey posted speed limits, pay attention to directional signs and allow for extra travel time.

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