What Would We Do If a Boeing 737 Crashed at RSW Every Year?

Target Zero – Lee County
Local Agencies addressing area’s deadliest crime
Hosted by LeeConnected, Southwest Florida Business Alliance, Friends of Bonita
Estero Rail Trail and Lee Health Trauma

By: Terri Lewis

Lee County continues to have an increasing number of fatalities on the roads.

In 2022, there were 133 fatalities. If we were best-in-class for safe roads, 120 people could have been with their families for the end of year holidays. These are unnecessary losses of lives. The total fatalities in Lee County would be like a Boeing 737 crashing at RSW every year. Think about how we would react if there was a plane crash, every, single, year at the airport.

Lee County looks to set another increase in fatalities in 2023. We must reverse the trend. Our Target must Zero.

We must work together to reduce fatalities and serious injuries on Lee Country Roads. We must do better! We are asking governmental agencies, law enforcement, and the community to come together to reduce crashes, focusing on enforcement & infrastructure.

Event: Target Zero Lee County
If you go:
Who: Law enforcement and Government officials
What: Lee County Safety coalitions and businesses will host a press conference to share information and tips
on how to bring the fatality rate on our roadways down.
Where: Jet Blue Park, 11500 Fenway South Drive, Fort Myers, Fl. 33913
When: August 22, 2023, 5:30pm
Local law enforcement will be present to discuss what is being done to combat the fatality rate in Lee County. Families who have been affected by a loved one’s death will be available also. Visual demonstration will be done of what it looks like to have 133 deaths on the roadway.

LeeConnected – Group of businesses and individuals passionate about Lee County, advocating for new mobility solutions; technology, business models, and partnerships that will safely, cost effectively, conveniently, and sustainably connect communities and businesses. Future. Mobility. Together.

Southwest Florida Business Alliance – Professional alliance of vetted, trusted,
performance-oriented business people that seeks to highlight and promote what’s best about doing business in Southwest Florida. Community and Progress Have a New Home.

Southern Trails Foundation – focused on public safety and inclusion, supporting the development of public space and connecting communities of Southwest Florida.

Friends of BERT: Bonita Estero Rail Trail – An all-volunteer citizen group, dedicated to bringing the Bonita Estero Rail Trail (BERT) to Lee County communities.

Lee Health: Since the opening of the first hospital in 1916, Lee Health has been a healthcare leader in Southwest Florida, constantly evolving to meet the needs of the community. A non-profit, integrated health care services organization, Lee Health is committed to the well-being of every individual served, focused on healthy living and maintaining good health. Staffed by caring people, inspiring health, services are conveniently located throughout the community in four acute care hospitals, two specialty hospitals, outpatient centers, walk-in medical centers, primary care and specialty physician practices and other services across the continuum of care. Learn more at www.LeeHealth.org.

For More Information contact:

Terri Lewis – LeeConnected Tel: (309) 363-7225 E-Mail: tllewis@planetconnected.com 

Matt Leger – Southern Trails Foundation Tel: (919) 244-1625 E-Mail: MLDgroup1@gmail.com

Deb Orton – Friends of BERT Tel: (919) 244-1625 E-Mail: friendofbert@gmail.com

Katrina Salokar – Southwest Florida Business Alliance Tel: (239) 908-4581 E-Mail: members@swflbusinessnetwork.com 

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