Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety

TITLE: Pinellas Park Police Department Partners with FDOT through Contract to Target Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety

WHEN: February 22nd, 2021 through May 14th, 2021

WHERE: All roadways within the City of Pinellas Park

WHAT: 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 Pinellas Park Police Department will conduct High Visibility Enforcement Details (HVE) from February 2021 through May 2021. The areas where these details will be conducted are over-represented in traffic crashes resulting in serious or fatal injuries to pedestrians and bicycles.

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.

This enforcement effort aims to increase awareness of and compliance with traffic laws that protect pedestrians and bicyclists' safety.

Enforcement efforts will focus primarily on education to drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists. However, violations may result in warnings or citations, depending on the circumstances.

Remember:

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.

Released by: Sergeant John Shea