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Traffic Flow Task Force

Create and train a task force that oversees/patrols the main highways, especially during rush hours to make sure traffic flows efficiently.

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The main reason traffic is so bad in Miami-Dade is not because there are so many people on the road at the same time; it's because most people are on their phones talking, texting, browsing social media, reading articles, navigating gps, etc. Smart phones and social media have made driving a real danger and unfortunately we don't have an abundance of police officers who can spend the day driving around to catch irresponsible drivers. A traffic flow task force is a group of individuals who are trained by transportation experts/law enforcement (like a parking enforcement officer) and have some authority to stop drivers who are are being careless on the road, such as texting while driving. If you notice, when there's a police officer directing traffic at an intersection, it flows a lot better. That's because people are paying attention and on their best driving behavior. 

Describe your solution's stage of development

  • Initial Design - you are still exploring the idea and have not tested it with users

Size of your team or organization

  • 2-10

Funding Request

  • $100,000

Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)

I would first identify who the experts are and create a committee. The committee will put together a training program and qualified applicants will be recruited. The task force will need to move around on motorcycles to weave through heavy traffic. Once approved and ready to go, the task force can be tested in a small area before expanding to all major highways and roads. Another important component of this initiative is education. Throughout the process, we should use earned and paid media/marketing, including radio programs (when most people are on the road) and broadcast news to inform drivers about the goals of the program, the different phases and allow them to express their ideas and concerns. The public should also be educated on best driving practices to help traffic flow better. I would hope we can count of financial support from local agencies, state and federal grants, as well as insurance companies and other entities associated with driving.

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Photo of Matteo Cappelleti
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Hey Sue Arrowsmith ! Great insight! Would it be better to add a law against this and enforcing with the already huge traffic police force that Miami currently has on the streets?

Photo of Sue Arrowsmith
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There is a law that prohibits texting while driving, but it is a joke. Ticket can only be issued as a secondary offense. I believe there is a push this year to make it a primary offense. According to an article in the Tampa Bay Times, "Florida had nearly 50,000 distracted driving crashes in 2016 and 233 deaths, yet police issued fewer than 1,400 tickets for texting while driving." The other problem is the law is limited to texting only. Many drivers are distracted in other ways -- talking, browsing, checking social media updates, video chatting, mapping something, etc. Smart phones have changed our lives in good and bad ways. This is one of the bad ways. I believe there needs to be education and strong laws that make it difficult for people to continue driving irresponsibly while on their phones. Police aren't doing much. They did the first week the law was passed, that's it. Yes, we do have a big police force, but we also have a big population. There aren't enough officers.