Hillsborough County

Powerful comments on need for safety voiced at Hillsborough transportation commission meeting

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) - It was a packed house as Hillsborough County and city leaders met for a major transportation planning commission meeting Tuesday night.  

The topic included an issue talked about frequently as of late, improving streets around the Tampa area when it comes to safety and efficiency.

The meeting lasted for hours and powerful comments were made. 

One of the items on the agenda: voting on a massive traffic project involving multiple streets around Tampa with a focus on making roadways safer. 

Dozens of people lined up to speak with county leaders face-to-face. One of them was Jaime Rubscha. 

"I never thought I would get hit by a car. It will happen to someone you know if things do not change," she told WFLA. 

Jamie has a powerful story.

In fact, she isn't even supposed to be alive.

She came face-to-face with death three years ago during a jog on Bayshore Boulevard.

On Tuesday night, she shared her survival story for the first time, hoping to persuade county leaders to make city streets safer. 

"I really wanted people to understand, this [isn't] it just a Bayshore problem, it is a city problem," she said.

Jamie suffered horrific injuries including a skull fracture, torn discs in her back and a broken leg.

Her recovery took months.

She attended the meeting Tuesday night, hoping transportation leaders would make big changes when it comes to dangerous driving around Tampa Bay. 

Citizens say they are fearful on many streets, whether they are walking or driving.

Zhanya Nichols told the commission, "well you tell us to slow down, we will tell you to speed up. Do something!" 

One of the many projects in which the city gave the green light is improving safety on Florida Avenue, including a stretch where two street racers crashed and hit a mother just last week.

Jamie is one citizen who says she will be watching and waiting to see changes implemented.

"Enough is enough," she said. 

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