Palm Coast, Fl - Excessive Traffic - City Council Endangers Residents' Health/Lives

     

In 2003 the City Council recognized that the traffic on Florida Park Drive was too heavy for a residential area. (See bottom of page 3)
Rather than controlling the traffic, the City let it grow unchecked.  Each year traffic increasing the harm to residents' health.

Yet in 2008, knowing the traffic was already too heavy,
still the City reclassified FL PK DR as a "major collector road" which allowed:
1). Increase in the volume of cars.
2). Addition of commercial trucks.
3). FL PK DR to become a thoroughfare exchanging traffic between two parkways (Palm Coast Pkwy & Palm Harbor Pkwy).
Targeting Florida Park Drive for an increase in traffic also
targeted residents' health by the increase of traffic fumes and noise

8,600+ cars/per day and 645+ trucks/per day, according to Florida Department of Transportation :: FDOT Florida Traffic Online (2016)
3 MILLION+ cars / per year and 235,000+ trucks / per year pass within 60 feet of children's bedrooms. 
Traffic fumes and noise are damaging the health of residents, especially the children.

Public trust in City Officials BROKEN/LOST.  It is not about traffic; it's about
people, it's about their health; it's about their lives.

14+ years the City has ignored the traffic problem, allowed residents suffering,  and ignored the harm to residents' health. 
   
Click to see:      Violations of the City   Deaths on FL PK DR   City Contacts   

How is FL PK DR Different from Other Roads                           Leukemia Incidence is Higher Among Children Living Close to High-Traffic Roads

Blood cancer risk higher for kids living near busy roads- CDC      Benzene and Childhood Cancer Risk - American Cancer Society

Busy roads put kids at higher risk of cancer: CDC       What is a safe distance to live or work near high auto emission roads

                             Residential Traffic and Children’s Respiratory Health - - Read Conclusion on 1st Page

                               How the Street You Live On May Harm Your Health - Women/Children at Greater Risk

        How traffic noise near your home can be a short cut to an early death: Sound linked to higher risk of stroke and heart disease

Exhaust Fumes; Daily Dosage Kills Slowly    - (Published 16-Mar-2105)       Exhaust Fumes Kill You Slowly

Any Doubts About Health Harm; Watch Videos From the University Of Colorado - Part 1 of 2 (10 min)     Part 2 of 2 (10 min)
 
Opinion based on scientific studies by World Health Organization, Environmental Protection Agency, Center for Disease Control, and many Universities:
Euthanasia by traffic  does not just target the elderly (early death);  it targets children  (life long struggles) with diseases such as leukemia, diabetes, and asthma just to name a few.

**Please leave a message to City leaders to protect residents from the harm of traffic fumes/noise, especially the most vulnerable - the elderly and the children.  City Contacts

It will not harm the health of any driver for the City to fix this problem; but to not fix it will continue to harm the health of all FL PK DR residents.

Information about Florida Park Drive        Pine Lakes Gas Station Link   Updated 11-20-2014  (Are people the focus?)

Learning disabilities for children and declining health for all will continue to plague the residents of FL PK DR as long as the cause, excessive
traffic is not addressed and fixed by the City.  
 Status of Research on Traffic Exposures and Health Impacts   ::  by California Environmental Protection Air Resources Board and United States Environmental Protection Agency (published August 23, 2012)

Study on Traffic Fumes and Children's Health   - (Published June, 2004) - Added 12/27/2014
Report recommends not building schools near heavy traffic areas, such as interstates. (Where was Matanzas High School built? How close are outside activities to the interstate? 2015 the Matanzas Woods Interstate Exchange Project and Palm Harbor Extension Project will increase the amount of traffic surrounding the High School. Have parents been informed of the health risks?) Traffic Fumes and Schools  
Children attending schools near traffic had a smaller improvement in cognitive development (May 2015)
See Also Protect Children's Health Below



Protect Children's Health  (Updated: 02-11-2016) Protect Elderly's Health  
(Updated: 11-19-2015)
Protect All Residents' Health  (Updated: 02-11-2016)

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