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A Matter of Highway Safety

American Government Special Collections Reference Desk

Topics:  Bernard E. Neary, Miami Automobile Dealers Association

A Matter of Highway Safety

Florida Automotive Journal
December 1970

Palmetto Bypass Palmetto Bypass
If I were an insurance underwriter, I'd notify people who park on the Palmetto Bypass that this constitutes an increased risk on our part and the insurance rates must go up.  Here we have a limited access highway with a minimum posted speed of 45 mph and cars come over a hill to immediately face 20 to 30 parked vehicles that must back out into their path to leave, many of them on entering the area, drive the wrong way down a fast moving exit. As high as 150 cars use the area for parking on a single Sunday.  All those we questioned admitted their unhappiness about insurance rate increases.  All agreed that parking in the area is hazardous, but one driver in her 20's said, "The pigs better not bother me here."

FHP has proven to be a paper tiger here.  They failed to respond to our reports of this danger at all until we informed them that we were tape recording the reports before witnesses.  To date, they have responded on 4 out of 9 days we reported the danger.  In photo above, patrolman places the traditional red tag that they place on a disabled car.  On the day this photo was made it took two calls and 1 hour 55 minutes to even get a red tag placed.  The sheriff's department laughs that it is the Highway Patrol who must respond.  At this point, we must ask, Is controlling a Limited access, one way road on which pedestrian traffic is illegal, with a ph minimum speed posted more than our Highway can handle?

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