Early Wednesday, a trio of uniformed Miami motorcycle cops on a special detail — ticketing motorists who fail to yield to crossing pedestrians — gamely tried to patrol the river of traffic that is Brickell Avenue’s Eighth Street intersection. They wrote tickets as fast as they could and still couldn’t keep up.That's the Miami Herald, folks.
In just a bit over an hour, the officers handed out 47 tickets to surprised drivers, most of whom were turning onto Brickell off Eighth and in the process brushed by, cut off or pushed into people on foot who had the right of way in a crosswalk marked with big, fat zebra stripes.
Wednesday’s crosswalk detail, the second in two months, was prompted by a pair of videos sent to Miami Police Chief Manuel Orosa by Commissioner Marc Sarnoff, whose district includes Brickell. Sarnoff has been trying, with some success, to get police to target speeders and other motorized scofflaws in the area, where he says pedestrians and cyclists are too often getting struck by cars.
The first video, by Craig Chester, a blogger and advocate at transitmiami.com, shows cars forcing their way through crossing pedestrians at the Eighth Street intersection, to a soundtrack mash-up of Rodney Dangerfield’s “I don’t get no respect’’ refrain and a singing Aretha Franklin asking for some.
And that's blogging that the whole South Florida blogosphere can be proud of.
Nice job, Transit Miami. Way to get sh*t done.
This calls for a do over.