8 On Your Side

Is safety improving on Bayshore Blvd after mom, baby killed?

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Almost a month after the crash on Bayshore Boulevard that killed a mother and her young daughter, 8 On Your Side is investigating if changes made to the speed limit are improving safety.

The speed limit was reduced from 40 mph to 35 mph days after the crash in May that killed Jessica Raubenolt, 24, and  21-month-old  Lillia Raubenolt.

Some who often walk on Bayshore Boulevard say mor changes are needed.

“At the end of the day 35 is not enough. Somebody died here,” said Steve Platau.

8 on Your Side pulled the numbers for about a two week period of time before and after the crash.
April 27 to May 11, 2018.

During this time period, Tampa police pulled over 147 people. Of those stops, 108 drivers were ticketed and 38 were let go with a warning.

From May 25 to June 7, 2018, Tampa police pulled over 337 people. Of those stops, 104 drivers were ticked and 233 were given warnings.

“Not a lot of change. There are a few people who are going slower, there is no question but at the end of the day bottom line is people are still speeding,” said Platau.

Other people along Bayshore agree, but some did tell us they believe speeding has gone down with the enforcement.

The one thing everyone agrees on – more needs to be done.

Platau said that if nothing changes, more people will get killed.

Everyone who News Channel 8 spoke to said they want to see crossings improve and speed bumps added.

The City of Tampa does plan to make some safety improvement to Bayshore Boulevard, including adding flashing crosswalk signs and narrowing the road, which experts say will cut down on speeding.

There is also a petition online with more than 5,000 signatures to reduce the speed limit again to 25 mph.



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