Thursday, March 27, 2014

Florida Highway Patrol targets pedestrian and bicycle safety with special details on Wednesday at high crash areas

Thanks to FHP, and LT Greg Bueno for leading this bike/ped safety education and enforcement detail.  Wednesday's FHP detail targeted US 41, Palm Beach Blvd., and Bayshore Road since they have the highest concentration of pedestrian and bicyclist crashes. According to Lt. Bueno's presentation to the MPO BPCC on Tuesday, these details will occur once a quarter.  LMHS, SAJD, and BWL were on site to support traffic safety by handing out bike lights and other materials.

(Pedestrian Education and Developing Safety)

On March 26, 2014, the Florida Highway Patrol, along with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office started Operation P.E.D.S. (Pedestrian Education and Developing Safety details) on U.S. 41 in the vicinity of Crystal Drive and on State Road 80 in the vicinity of Ortiz Avenue.  The detail commenced at 1:00 pm and concluded at 5:00 pm.  Troopers looked for pedestrian, bicycle and motorist violations that occur at or near intersections. During the 2013 calendar year, 491 pedestrians and bicyclist were involved in crashes within Lee County.  Of those, 355 individuals were injured and twenty five lost their lives.  The purpose of this detail was to decrease the amount of injuries and deaths through a series of highly concentrated education and enforcement details in areas prone to pedestrian and bicyclist involved crashes. The results of the detail were as follows:

 10 warnings were issued for numerous violations to include: vehicle parking on a sidewalk, vehicle obstructing crosswalk, vehicles failing to stop at the stop bar at a stop sign intersection, bicyclist under 16 year old riding without a safety helmet, pedestrian violation of right of way mid-block).
·         Traffic safety information was discussed and provided to 131 pedestrians and bicyclist (bicycle lights and helmet vouchers were given to those in need as well).

 NBC-2 News covered the story WBBH News for Fort Myers, Cape Coral

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