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Here’s Your Hat, What’s Your Hurry?

GoodmanBy Alison Goodman, Class 28
Scottsdale Quarter

Class 28 Blog: This is a blog series about the experience and impact of Scottsdale Leadership’s Core Program.   The views expressed here represent those of class members and not those of Scottsdale Leadership. 
 

With the recent and heartbreaking death of movie star Paul Walker, the topic of speeding and its potentially fatal outcome cannot be ignored. According to the LA Times, speed may have indeed been a factor in causing this tragic accident on a quiet road with a 45mph speed limit. A road full of warning signs alerting drivers to slow down as they approach an uphill curve… the same uphill curve near the site of the accident.

In 2010, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) tracked 10,395 lives lost to speeding, which equates to 32% of all fatal car crashes. More than 900 people a year die and nearly 2,000 are injured as a result of red light running, with half of the fatalities being pedestrians and occupants of other vehicles who are hit by red light runners, not the red light runners themselves. And as we saw from the video footage on Safe Communities Day, the risk for casualties is high and the outcome terrifying.

How does all of this relate to the drivers of Scottsdale? Photo radar, a subject hotly debated when the cameras were first introduced and still a source of discussion today. As a former member of the Lead Foot club, I know all too well the feeling of panic that ensues when running late and how it seems reasonable to speed in order to get to the desired location on time. However, and as much as fast drivers will hate to admit it, speeding rarely gets you to your destination more than a minute or two quicker than if you hadn’t sped to begin with.

“But will pushing the speed limit up 5mph really make a difference?” you ask. “What about 10? What about 20?” We fundamentally know that speed limits are put in place because they are the designated safest speed at which to travel a road– is getting somewhere a minute or two faster so vital that it’s worth putting your life and the lives of the others at risk?

As annoying as photo radar can seem, it’s not just a quick way for the City of Scottsdale to make money – it really does make our roads safer. I don’t know about you, but I can’t think of anywhere I need to be that justifies driving at a speed that could potentially cause harm. In summation: slow the [bleep] down.

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Alumni Leadership Spotlight – Eve Bilotas, Class XXIII

Eve Bilotas

Eve Bilotas

Current place of employment, titleValley of the Sun United Way, VP, Constituent Development

Community InvolvementDesert Botanical Garden, Member of Monarch Society Leadership Team, Big Brothers Big Sisters – Big Sister

How has Scottsdale Leadership enhanced your community involvement? The experience made me much more aware of the key issues facing our community and it inspired me to take action, whether at work or through my personal and professional networks.

What’s the most important leadership lesson you’ve learned and how did you learn it? Leadership is about credibility and relationships. For example, when a project is successful, it is important for the leader to recognize the team’s “win” and not take sole credit but when there is opportunity for improvement the leader should own that publicly and privately coach members towards success.

What do you consider the keys to effective leadership? Be kind, inclusive, honest, forward thinking, have a vision and act with integrity.

If you were interviewing different community leaders, what one question would you ask to gain insight into how they lead? What’s the most important leadership lesson you’ve learned and how did you learn it?

If you could solve any community issue or need, what would it be? There are so many important issues facing our community but if I had to pick one it would be education. I wish every student in our community, state, and country had access to diverse educational resources such as art and music as well as the opportunity to be taught by passionate and well-trained teachers.

What is your as-good-as-it-gets moment in volunteering? I’ve had many, but the most memorable have been those that allowed me to establish long-term relationships with the youth that I’ve mentored through Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Free Arts 20 Week Mentor Program.

What is your favorite gadget? I don’t use a lot if gadgets but I am addicted to my BlackBerry.

What do you do to recharge your batteries? Hiking, practicing yoga and spending time with friends.

Scottsdale Leadership Safe Communities Day

Safe Communities Day! Pictured from left to right Sanam Nassirpour, Eve Bilotas, Laurel Lawton, Kim Cofer & James Labar

What was your most memorable Scottsdale Leadership Class day and why? Safe Communities Day: Taser demonstrations, wearing turnouts, crawling through a smoke filled building, putting out fires, going 50+ feet up in the ladder -need I say more? Not only was it a fun and exciting day but it also gave me a deeper appreciation of the risks that our fire and police personnel make every day to protect our community.

What advice can you give Class XXV? Go into each Class day with an open mind and really get to know your classmates.

 

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