Florida Senate - 2021 SB 1412 By Senator Perry 8-01079C-21 20211412__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to traffic and pedestrian safety; 3 providing a short title; creating s. 316.0756, F.S.; 4 requiring a traffic engineering study to be conducted 5 which recommends installation of a specified 6 pedestrian crosswalk before such installation occurs; 7 requiring a pedestrian crosswalk on a public highway, 8 street, or road which is located at any point other 9 than at an intersection with another public highway, 10 street, or road to conform to specified requirements; 11 providing coordination requirements for certain 12 devices and signals; requiring that traffic control 13 signal devices at adjacent intersections be taken into 14 consideration; requiring, by a specified date, the 15 entity with jurisdiction over a public highway, 16 street, or road with a certain pedestrian crosswalk to 17 ensure that the crosswalk conforms to specified 18 requirements; authorizing such entity, alternatively, 19 to remove any such crosswalk; requiring, by a 20 specified date, the Department of Transportation to 21 submit a certain request for authorization to the 22 Federal Government; requiring applicable entities to 23 replace specified traffic control devices within a 24 specified timeframe after the date of federal 25 authorization; requiring applicable entities to remove 26 specified traffic control devices by a specified date 27 under certain conditions; providing a declaration of 28 important state interest; providing an effective date. 29 30 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 31 32 Section 1. This act may be cited as the “Sophia Nelson 33 Pedestrian Safety Act.” 34 Section 2. Section 316.0756, Florida Statutes, is created 35 to read: 36 316.0756 Traffic control signal devices and pedestrian 37 control signals at crosswalks other than at intersections.— 38 (1)(a) Before the installation of a pedestrian crosswalk 39 after October 1, 2021, on a public highway, street, or road 40 which is located at any point other than at an intersection with 41 another public highway, street, or road, a traffic engineering 42 study must be conducted by a Florida licensed professional 43 engineer which recommends the installation of such crosswalk. 44 (b) Notwithstanding any law to the contrary: 45 1. A pedestrian crosswalk on a public highway, street, or 46 road that has a posted speed limit of 30 miles per hour or more 47 which is located at any point other than at an intersection with 48 another public highway, street, or road must conform to the 49 requirements of chapters 4D and 4E of the most recent Manual on 50 Uniform Traffic Control Devices and other applicable Department 51 of Transportation standards, manuals, and specifications and 52 must include a pedestrian-facing sign containing language 53 stating duties applicable to a pedestrian, as provided in this 54 chapter. 55 2. A pedestrian crosswalk on a public highway, street, or 56 road that has a posted speed limit of 29 miles per hour or less 57 which is located at any point other than at an intersection with 58 another public highway, street, or road must include a 59 pedestrian-facing sign containing language stating duties 60 applicable to a pedestrian, as provided in this chapter. 61 (c) Traffic control signal devices and pedestrian control 62 signals at crosswalk locations described in subparagraph (b)1. 63 must be coordinated with traffic control signal devices at 64 intersections adjacent to the crosswalk, and such traffic 65 control signal devices at intersections adjacent to the 66 crosswalk must be taken into consideration as provided in the 67 most recent Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices and other 68 applicable Department of Transportation specifications. 69 (2) By October 1, 2024, the entity with jurisdiction over a 70 public highway, street, or road with a crosswalk described in 71 subsection (1) which is in existence on October 1, 2021, shall 72 ensure that such crosswalk is controlled by coordinated traffic 73 control signal devices and pedestrian control signals as 74 required under subsection (1). Alternatively, the entity with 75 jurisdiction may remove any such existing crosswalk. 76 (3) By October 1, 2022, the Department of Transportation 77 shall submit to the Federal Government a request for 78 authorization to allow yellow rectangular rapid flashing beacon 79 traffic control devices to be replaced by red rectangular rapid 80 flashing beacon traffic control devices. If the Federal 81 Government grants the request, the applicable entity must 82 replace all yellow rectangular rapid flashing beacon traffic 83 control devices at each crosswalk described in subsection (1) or 84 subsection (2) with red rectangular rapid flashing beacon 85 traffic control devices within 12 months after the date of 86 federal authorization. If the Federal Government denies the 87 request, the applicable entity must remove all yellow 88 rectangular rapid flashing beacon traffic control devices from 89 each crosswalk described in subsection (1) or subsection (2) by 90 October 1, 2025. 91 Section 3. The Legislature finds and declares that this act 92 fulfills an important state interest. 93 Section 4. This act shall take effect October 1, 2021.