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Clearwater Police Department Plans Bicyclist, Pedestrian Safety Details

Post Date:11/01/2019 11:04 AM
Clearwater Police Department, Bicycle Pedestrian Safety, Crossing Guard SignThe Clearwater Police Department has received a $40,000 contract to make the streets of the city safer for bicyclists and pedestrians.
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 police department will conduct High Visibility Enforcement Details (HVE) starting Nov. 11 and continuing through May 15, 2020. 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.
The goal of this enforcement effort is to increase awareness of and compliance with traffic laws that protect the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists. Some of the targeted locations include Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard, Missouri Avenue and Drew Street.
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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