High Visibility Enforcement for Pedestrian, Bikes Starts Today in St. Pete
The goal of this enforcement effort is to increase awareness of and compliance with traffic laws that protect the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists.
ST. PETERSBURG – Pinellas County ranks in the top 25 counties in the state for traffic crashes resulting in serious and fatal injuries to pedestrians and bicyclists.
In an effort to protect the safety of these most vulnerable road users, the St. Petersburg Police Department said it will conduct high visibility enforcement details starting today (Oct. 1) and running through May at various areas throughout the city with high pedestrian and bicycle traffic.
The enforcement will kick-off from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today along 34th Street N from 30th Avenue to 38th Avenue. This area was selected because two pedestrian fatality crashes have happened in the area this
- About 9:50 p.m. Feb. 7, a 47-year-old man tried to cross 34th Street N near 35th Avenue but was struck and killed by a vehicle.
- About 2:30 a.m. June 29, a 58-year-old man tried to cross 34th Street N near 36th Avenue but was also struck and killed by a vehicle.
Both men tried to cross without using a marked crosswalk.
HVE details are funded through a contract with the University of North Florida in partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation’s focused initiative to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety.
The goal of this enforcement effort is to increase awareness of and compliance with traffic laws that protect the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists. Enforcement efforts will focus primarily on education to drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists. However, violations may result in warnings or citations depending on the circumstances.
Drivers: Obey speed limits, never drive impaired, and always watch for pedestrians and bicyclists.
Bicyclists: Obey traffic laws, ride in the direction of traffic, and use lights when riding at night.
Pedestrians: Cross in crosswalks or at intersections, obey pedestrian signals, and make sure you are visible to drivers when walking at night.
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