Stuck in Traffic on the Suncoast: Sarasota’s Master Plan

SARASOTA – The City of Sarasota’s Director of Planning, Steven Cover, says this conversation couldn’t have come at a better time. “Because we’re in the process of hiring two new transportation planners,” Cover said. The city is adding two brand new positions to its staff to create something big. “It’s really, for the first time, a transportation master plan for the City of Sarasota,” Cover said. More transportation options will mean...

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Stuck in Traffic on the Suncoast: Driving in Season

SARASOTA – Right now is peak season and we’re seeing the worst traffic of the year on the Suncoast. What used to be a five-minute trip to the grocery store is now something you have to plan your day around. “With the snowbirds and the people that live here in general, traffic is congested.” The numbers don’t lie. The 2016 report from the Florida Department of Transportation reports peak season for Sarasota County is between January...

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Stuck in Traffic on the Suncoast: Is Traffic Your Fault?

SARASOTA – What if we told you a lot of the traffic you see on I-75 could be your own fault? Sitting in bumper to bumper traffic on I-75… no one likes it but we have to do it. A lot of times it’s because of a crash, but other times, “Vying for the same space on the roadway which is gonna cause a little more of a back up especially when you’re exiting to and from the interstate.” So even when you’re driving 70 miles per hour, you...

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Stuck in Traffic on the Suncoast: What Catches the Eyes of Law Enforcement

SARASOTA – We’re all guilty of bad driving behaviors but which ones get on law enforcement’ nerves the most? “Everybody just needs to know that the traffic is bad. There’s nothing we can do about it.” Is it due to drivers… or roadways? According to our viewers, it’s no contest: dangerous driving. It raises not just your chance of an accident, but also the blood pressure of law enforcement officials. “What frustrates me the most is...

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Stuck in Traffic on the Suncoast: Old Age and the Road
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Stuck in Traffic on the Suncoast: Old Age and the Road

SARASOTA – When we asked viewers what bothers them most about Suncoast drivers, “older drivers” was a common answer. “Most older drivers are good drivers, but as all of us age, we need to maintain our driving ability,” Sarasota County Assistant Tax Collector Sherri Smith said. State law was amended in January 2004 to require all drivers 80 or older to have a vision test when they renew their licenses. “Their driver’s license, should...

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Stuck in Traffic on the Suncoast: Roundabouts

SARASOTA – We asked; now we’re listening. Seventy percent of our viewers who responded to our poll voted roundabouts are not an improvement to Suncoast roadways. While some prefer them over traffic signals, most saw them to be harmful. Why? The general consensus: because people don’t know how to use them, which is due in part to part-time residents or tourists who aren’t used to seeing one. “As people get more comfortable with them...

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