Pedestrian, Bike Safety

Who:
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Patrol Operations Bureau
Support Services Bureau
Strategic Planning Bureau
- Grants Administration

University of North Florida

Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT)

What:
Pinellas deputies have implemented Phase II of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) High Visibility Enforcement (HVE) Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Project.

Phase I was an educational based phase. Deputies have transitioned to Phase II which is a discretionary citation phase.  

Results of Phase I are provided below.

When:
Phase I began on September 4, 2018.

Phase I ended on December 23, 2018.

Where:
Details are being conducted at eight locations across Pinellas County:

54th Avenue North (34th Street to Haines Road)
Gulf Boulevard (75th Avenue to 37th Avenue)
Gulf Boulevard (129th Avenue West to 131st Avenue West)
Main Street / State Road 580 (Belcher Road to Patricia Avenue)
Main Street & Pinellas Trail
US Highway 19 North & Alderman Road
Seminole Boulevard (122nd Avenue to 102nd Avenue North)
U.S. Highway 19 North (SR 580 to Curlew Road)

 

Why/How:
On December 23, 2018, Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office patrol deputies transitioned the focus of the FDOT High Visibility Enforcement contract for bicycle and pedestrian safety from an educational phase, to a discretionary citation phase.

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office received a $26,800 contract funded through the University of North Florida in partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation’s focus initiative to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety.

The purpose of the project is to educate and enforce safe pedestrian, bicyclist, and driver behavior in designated hot spot areas to help reduce traffic crashes and fatalities involving pedestrians and bicyclists.

The details conducted at multiple locations across Pinellas County include the distribution of educational materials, as well as the issuance of warnings and/or citations to pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists in accordance with Florida Statutes.

The results of Phase I are as follows:

Pedestrian Verbal Warnings: 233
Pedestrian Written Warnings: 14
Pedestrian Citations: 3


Motorist Verbal Warnings: 72
Motorist Written Warnings: 87
Motorist Citations: 22


Bicyclist Verbal Warnings: 73
Bicyclist Written Warnings: 8
Bicyclist Citations: 0
Bike Lights Distributed: 6

This detail will end in May 2019.

Posted by Spencer Gross Friday, December 28, 2018 9:40:00 AM Categories: General News

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