Not Logged In Log In   Sign Up   Points Leaders
Follow Us    2:11 AM

GasBuddy News Article

42
votes
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 ...


Read the Full Article

Submitted Feb 23, 2013 By: BurntOrange
Category: Daily News Article Discussions > Topics Add to favorite topics  
Author Topic: Your tax dollars at work: on the side of a NASCAR race car Back to Topics
REPLIES (newest first) Post a Reply
Profile Pic
tomok
Champion Author Portland

Posts:42,650
Points:2,850,985
Joined:Aug 2006
Message Posted: Mar 15, 2013 12:46:38 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!
Profile Pic
honda0105
Champion Author Tallahassee

Posts:22,464
Points:2,113,115
Joined:Nov 2008
Message Posted: Feb 27, 2013 3:53:09 AM

jetski: you won't get any... you're not in FL :P~
Profile Pic
jetskijerry
Champion Author North Carolina

Posts:6,165
Points:1,270,760
Joined:Mar 2011
Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 10:07:28 PM

give me a refund!
Profile Pic
honda0105
Champion Author Tallahassee

Posts:22,464
Points:2,113,115
Joined:Nov 2008
Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 10:01:37 PM

pretty smart, given the number of non-NASCAR watchers. Maybe some other advertising would spend the $$ better?
Profile Pic
SkooterG
Champion Author Phoenix

Posts:2,952
Points:781,925
Joined:May 2012
Message Posted: Feb 24, 2013 2:04:19 AM

Idiots spending taxpayer's money. Unfortunately nothing new.
Profile Pic
Happytalk
Champion Author Pennsylvania

Posts:4,443
Points:1,080,740
Joined:May 2010
Message Posted: Feb 24, 2013 12:53:27 AM

waste of money
Profile Pic
Buddy2264
Champion Author Tampa

Posts:14,033
Points:2,865,445
Joined:Oct 2005
Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 9:45:50 PM

I hope it is well spent, but not what fuel taxes are suppose to be spent on, which is roads and bridges.
Profile Pic
Alfied
Champion Author Riverside

Posts:10,257
Points:2,259,935
Joined:Jun 2001
Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 9:44:09 PM

I doubt it.
Profile Pic
Harry813
Champion Author Iowa

Posts:4,724
Points:1,130,395
Joined:Jul 2011
Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 9:41:36 PM

I hope it gets the desired results .
Profile Pic
bston
Champion Author Oklahoma City

Posts:4,091
Points:1,143,800
Joined:Mar 2011
Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 9:39:07 PM

Agree with most of the comments.
Profile Pic
R209
Champion Author California

Posts:25,716
Points:741,550
Joined:Jul 2012
Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 9:37:28 PM

Stuped.
Profile Pic
scubadaniel
Champion Author Dayton

Posts:3,640
Points:1,191,030
Joined:Jan 2011
Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 9:36:29 PM

Brilliant!
Profile Pic
lesndave
Champion Author Texas

Posts:5,230
Points:1,197,755
Joined:May 2011
Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 9:34:32 PM

Yeah, right......
Profile Pic
Mowerman08
Champion Author Milwaukee

Posts:6,940
Points:1,697,615
Joined:Aug 2008
Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 9:33:52 PM

money well spent as usual
Profile Pic
gobux10
Champion Author Ohio

Posts:4,212
Points:886,680
Joined:Mar 2010
Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 9:31:22 PM

Does not sound as if it was well thought out
Profile Pic
Lairre
Champion Author Sacramento

Posts:6,876
Points:676,630
Joined:Oct 2012
Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 9:29:52 PM

Wasted money.
Profile Pic
vibdata
Champion Author Massachusetts

Posts:5,065
Points:1,049,255
Joined:Nov 2005
Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 9:26:43 PM

I second the motion of OnABudget1.
Profile Pic
snagged
Veteran Author Akron

Posts:446
Points:255,230
Joined:Oct 2012
Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 9:24:33 PM

All them old folks down there just can't get out of the way.
Profile Pic
OnABudget1
Champion Author Salinas

Posts:1,492
Points:877,040
Joined:Jun 2011
Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 9:23:32 PM

I work too hard for my money to be wasted!! I can make better use, thank you!!
Profile Pic
ILoveGoldens
All-Star Author Kentucky

Posts:918
Points:384,695
Joined:Aug 2011
Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 9:21:39 PM

Another waste of taxpayers' hard-earned money!
Profile Pic
IMLURCH
Champion Author Minnesota

Posts:4,476
Points:1,600,580
Joined:Mar 2009
Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 9:21:25 PM

Waste of taxpayer dollars.
Profile Pic
The_DR
Champion Author New Jersey

Posts:4,729
Points:1,073,765
Joined:Aug 2011
Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 9:15:18 PM

Fleece
Profile Pic
bevmill
Champion Author Georgia

Posts:4,759
Points:1,095,890
Joined:Apr 2006
Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 9:13:53 PM

Wasting money again.
Profile Pic
jrsva
Champion Author Virginia

Posts:12,385
Points:2,118,455
Joined:Jan 2006
Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 9:11:53 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.
Profile Pic
abcdMA
Champion Author Worcester

Posts:10,207
Points:2,069,115
Joined:Nov 2008
Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 9:09:03 PM

What a waste
Profile Pic
Brucevanf
Champion Author New Brunswick

Posts:3,641
Points:745,935
Joined:Aug 2012
Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 9:08:45 PM

Not a good use of this money
Profile Pic
drz614
Champion Author Harrisburg

Posts:4,639
Points:1,101,540
Joined:Aug 2011
Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 9:07:14 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?
Profile Pic
Spankster85
Champion Author Chicago

Posts:3,355
Points:826,660
Joined:Nov 2011
Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 9:07:02 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.
Profile Pic
serrog
Champion Author Nova Scotia

Posts:7,891
Points:2,016,385
Joined:Oct 2008
Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 9:06:58 PM

gas?
Profile Pic
I10Express
Champion Author San Antonio

Posts:10,893
Points:2,136,035
Joined:Nov 2008
Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 9:04:43 PM

another gas story?
Profile Pic
lindalm25
All-Star Author Indianapolis

Posts:785
Points:397,540
Joined:Dec 2012
Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 8:50:27 PM

I question this expenditure
Profile Pic
mysub
Champion Author Las Vegas

Posts:11,184
Points:2,830,630
Joined:Apr 2006
Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 8:48:25 PM

What a joke.
Profile Pic
carloco75
Champion Author Richmond

Posts:6,038
Points:1,090,495
Joined:Oct 2010
Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 8:45:31 PM

This definitely reenforces my lack of faith in governments..
Profile Pic
clermont40miles
Champion Author Cincinnati

Posts:13,564
Points:2,273,045
Joined:Apr 2008
Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 8:44:51 PM

Instead of building and maintaining roads they are advertising.

And they want to raise taxes?

Taxed
Enough
Already
Profile Pic
singlemom27
Champion Author Ventura

Posts:5,407
Points:1,138,875
Joined:Apr 2011
Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 8:44:45 PM

And even more puzzling after the major accident that sent several people to the hospital.
Profile Pic
LQQKGAS
Champion Author Phoenix

Posts:4,906
Points:1,686,695
Joined:Oct 2009
Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 8:43:30 PM


We have a huge budget shortfall, but have no idea where we could make any budget cuts!
Profile Pic
wang91554
Champion Author San Jose

Posts:5,418
Points:1,693,920
Joined:May 2009
Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 8:43:27 PM

uh, ok
Profile Pic
DEG
Champion Author Las Vegas

Posts:19,857
Points:3,981,405
Joined:Jul 2003
Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 8:41:45 PM

I bet that the state gets more revenue from these races than the $175k spent.
Profile Pic
BMWer
Champion Author Calgary

Posts:4,016
Points:2,151,280
Joined:Dec 2003
Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 8:38:09 PM

You would think that this would be a PSA..and added at low to no cost!
Profile Pic
sillywagon
Champion Author New York

Posts:19,052
Points:1,944,595
Joined:Oct 2008
Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 8:36:49 PM

Another example of spending "other people's money"
Profile Pic
us4usa
Champion Author Missouri

Posts:7,090
Points:1,458,970
Joined:May 2008
Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 8:32:27 PM

That's why we need higher Federal gas tax to repair the roads... Because Florida wasted it on Sunday's Dayton 500...
Profile Pic
carloco75
Champion Author Richmond

Posts:6,038
Points:1,090,495
Joined:Oct 2010
Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 8:31:44 PM

Keeping priorities in order..!
Very exemplary..
Profile Pic
carloco75
Champion Author Richmond

Posts:6,038
Points:1,090,495
Joined:Oct 2010
Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 8:29:37 PM

Awsum..!
Profile Pic
gsofrs
Champion Author Greensboro

Posts:6,361
Points:1,700,290
Joined:Apr 2009
Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 8:29:35 PM

Publicity venue.
Profile Pic
geoutpb
Champion Author Midland Odessa

Posts:6,766
Points:1,529,160
Joined:Dec 2006
Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 8:29:20 PM

Good idea for those in Florida that get good seats courtesy of the tax payers.
Profile Pic
Marson
Champion Author Scranton

Posts:11,200
Points:2,569,975
Joined:Oct 2006
Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 8:28:01 PM

That is a bit of a shakey project for a tax supported agency to spend money on.
Profile Pic
jalan25
Champion Author Indianapolis

Posts:2,705
Points:829,670
Joined:Sep 2011
Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 8:27:12 PM

What an approach to the problem.
Profile Pic
AKmailman
Champion Author Alaska

Posts:7,975
Points:2,056,670
Joined:Jul 2004
Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 8:26:29 PM

A typical government waste of money
Profile Pic
camel1
Champion Author Minnesota

Posts:10,540
Points:2,756,315
Joined:Jul 2006
Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 8:25:30 PM

talk about government waste of taxpayer money
Profile Pic
itzagasgasgas1
Champion Author Cincinnati

Posts:6,274
Points:2,096,600
Joined:Aug 2005
Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 8:25:07 PM

Good.
Post a reply Back to Topics