Improved Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety

TITLE: Pinellas Park Police Department begins High Visibility Enforcement to
Improve Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety

WHEN: September 22nd, 2021 through May 13th, 2022

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,
Pinellas Park Police Department will conduct High Visibility Enforcement
Details (HVE) during the period of September 22nd, 2021, through May 13th,
2022. Enforcement efforts will focus on areas in the city that are most
vulnerable for pedestrians and bicyclists. This area is over-represented in
traffic crashes resulting in serious and fatal injuries to pedestrians and
bicyclists.

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 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.

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.

Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow

Released by: Sergeant John Shea