Hitting the Gas

  • Miami-Dade County, Fla., passed Ordinance 120887 in 2012 requiring that head-in parking located directly adjacent to a storefront be equipped with concrete security planters with a minimum depth of 40 inches and that buildings located there have ground-floor windowsills placed at a height of 24 to 48 inches above grade.
  • Artesia, Calif., passed Ordinance 15–817 in 2015 to require, among other things, that “vehicle impact protection devices” be installed adjacent to parking spaces that are angled between 30 to 90 degrees relative to an adjacent outdoor pedestrian seating area. The ordinance effort was led by Artesia City Council member Victor Manolo after his mother-in-law was killed and his daughter severely injured when a vehicle crashed into them in front of Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour in nearby Buena Park.
  • Orange County, Fla., passed Ordinance 2016–09 in 2016 requiring child care facilities to have safety barriers in exposed areas. The measure came as a response to the 2014 death of Lily Quintus and serious injury of several other children when a vehicle crashed into a child care center. Orange County also established the Lily Quintus Child care Center Vehicle Impact Grant, providing up to $10,000 to assist childcare centers with installing safety barriers in front of their buildings.
  • Malibu, Calif., passed Ordinance №403 in 2016 requiring “vehicle impact protection devices” in existing and future parking lots for head-in spaces within 75 feet of outdoor seating areas. Then-Mayor Pro Tem (now Mayor) Lou La Monte introduced the measure after learning of the Buena Park Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour tragedy.
  • Midfield, Ala., passed Ordinance 2017–01 this year requiring businesses to place barriers in front of their buildings if parking is within 10 feet of the entrance to the facilities. Current businesses are grandfathered in and will only have to install barriers if they make changes to their buildings or parking lots. The city council passed the law after an SUV crashed into a dentist’s office, killing six-year-old Camlyn Lee.
  • Pedal error and operator error lead the list of causes, each accounting for 28 percent.
  • Driver age is widely distributed. Older drivers together account for about a third of incidents, but they have lots of company from every other segment of legal-age drivers.
  • Incidents are also well-distributed by site type, with retail stores accounting for 24 percent, commercial buildings 23 percent, and restaurants 19 percent.

Mark is a Maryland, USA-based writer, communication strategist and former association exec. He’s especially focused on eliminating plastic trash & pollution.

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Mark is a Maryland, USA-based writer, communication strategist and former association exec. He’s especially focused on eliminating plastic trash & pollution.

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