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Your tax dollars at work: on the side of a NASCAR race car

Tampa Bay Times -- Quick: You're a state that has twice the pedestrian deaths than the national average.

What do you do?

If you're the Florida Department of Transportation, you spend $174,500 in federal highway taxpayer money to sponsor two NASCAR stock cars at Sunday's Daytona 500, then hope the publicity will make everyone aware of the dangers of cars hitting humans. And maybe save a few lives.

At least that's the plan, according to Trenda McPherson, the pedestrian and bicycle safety program manager for the state transportation agency. The agency, which is known more for building highways than sidewalks, picked this week because accidents spike during the international event.

Every year more than 250,000 people attend the big race at the Daytona International Speedway — and they do so by walking ...


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tomok
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2013 2:46:38 AM

Your tax dollars at work: on the side of a NASCAR race car? Taxpayer money better spent on TV time advertising the hazards of pedestrian deaths. TV advertising will reach many more people than on the side of two race cars that not very many people will see in person or on TV.....
Drive vehicles with high MPG, are very safe, reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
honda0105
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2013 5:53:09 AM

jetski: you won't get any... you're not in FL :P~
jetskijerry
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Message Posted: Feb 26, 2013 12:07:28 AM

give me a refund!
honda0105
Champion Author Tallahassee

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Message Posted: Feb 26, 2013 12:01:37 AM

pretty smart, given the number of non-NASCAR watchers. Maybe some other advertising would spend the $$ better?
SkooterG
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2013 4:04:19 AM

Idiots spending taxpayer's money. Unfortunately nothing new.
Happytalk
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2013 2:53:27 AM

waste of money
Buddy2264
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 11:45:50 PM

I hope it is well spent, but not what fuel taxes are suppose to be spent on, which is roads and bridges.
Alfied
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 11:44:09 PM

I doubt it.
Harry813
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 11:41:36 PM

I hope it gets the desired results .
bston
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 11:39:07 PM

Agree with most of the comments.
R209
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 11:37:28 PM

Stuped.
scubadaniel
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 11:36:29 PM

Brilliant!
lesndave
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 11:34:32 PM

Yeah, right......
Mowerman08
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 11:33:52 PM

money well spent as usual
gobux10
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 11:31:22 PM

Does not sound as if it was well thought out
Lairre
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 11:29:52 PM

Wasted money.
vibdata
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 11:26:43 PM

I second the motion of OnABudget1.
snagged
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 11:24:33 PM

All them old folks down there just can't get out of the way.
OnABudget1
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 11:23:32 PM

I work too hard for my money to be wasted!! I can make better use, thank you!!
ILoveGoldens
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 11:21:39 PM

Another waste of taxpayers' hard-earned money!
IMLURCH
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 11:21:25 PM

Waste of taxpayer dollars.
The_DR
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 11:15:18 PM

Fleece
bevmill
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 11:13:53 PM

Wasting money again.
jrsva
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 11:11:53 PM

“gas?”
“another gas story?”

NASCAR uses a LOT of gas, the high-priced blend too, but I don’t think they pay road taxes on it.
abcdMA
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 11:09:03 PM

What a waste
Brucevanf
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 11:08:45 PM

Not a good use of this money
drz614
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 11:07:14 PM

i m not a resident of florida, but it seems like a waste of money. is this a one day event? would it make sense to close down the road during the event?
Spankster85
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 11:07:02 PM

No one will pay any attention to that publicity. Everyone watching the event will be too busy getting drunk and watching cars drive in circles at high speeds.
serrog
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 11:06:58 PM

gas?
I10Express
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 11:04:43 PM

another gas story?
lindalm25
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 10:50:27 PM

I question this expenditure
mysub
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 10:48:25 PM

What a joke.
carloco75
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 10:45:31 PM

This definitely reenforces my lack of faith in governments..
clermont40miles
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 10:44:51 PM

Instead of building and maintaining roads they are advertising.

And they want to raise taxes?

Taxed
Enough
Already
singlemom27
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 10:44:45 PM

And even more puzzling after the major accident that sent several people to the hospital.
LQQKGAS
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 10:43:30 PM


We have a huge budget shortfall, but have no idea where we could make any budget cuts!
wang91554
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 10:43:27 PM

uh, ok
DEG
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 10:41:45 PM

I bet that the state gets more revenue from these races than the $175k spent.
BMWer
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 10:38:09 PM

You would think that this would be a PSA..and added at low to no cost!
sillywagon
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 10:36:49 PM

Another example of spending "other people's money"
us4usa
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 10:32:27 PM

That's why we need higher Federal gas tax to repair the roads... Because Florida wasted it on Sunday's Dayton 500...
carloco75
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 10:31:44 PM

Keeping priorities in order..!
Very exemplary..
carloco75
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 10:29:37 PM

Awsum..!
gsofrs
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 10:29:35 PM

Publicity venue.
geoutpb
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 10:29:20 PM

Good idea for those in Florida that get good seats courtesy of the tax payers.
Marson
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 10:28:01 PM

That is a bit of a shakey project for a tax supported agency to spend money on.
jalan25
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 10:27:12 PM

What an approach to the problem.
AKmailman
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 10:26:29 PM

A typical government waste of money
camel1
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 10:25:30 PM

talk about government waste of taxpayer money
itzagasgasgas1
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 10:25:07 PM

Good.
WILDCAT112
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 10:22:53 PM

I like it
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