18-13 Clearwater Police Begin Warning Phase Of Pedestrian Safety Campaign
Clearwater Police Begin Warning Phase Of Pedestrian/Bicyclist Safety Program
The Clearwater Police Department is moving into the second phase of its pedestrian and bicyclist safety campaign.
Beginning Thursday, Clearwater Police officers will be handing out written warnings to those who violate laws related to pedestrians and bicyclists. Since the program began on Dec. 3, officers have been focusing on educating violators. The warning segment of the program comes before officers begin handing out citations during the enforcement phase.
The safety initiative is a collaboration between the police department, the Florida Department of Transportation and the Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida. Clearwater Police received a $50,000 grant that allows officers to work extra-duty shifts that focus on pedestrian and bicyclist safety.
Officers will focus on the behaviors of pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers during the campaign, with the goal being to make the streets of Clearwater safer.
Some of the areas being concentrated on are the beach roundabout, Coronado Drive, South Fort Harrison Avenue, Belcher and Sunset Point roads, South Missouri Avenue and multiple locations along Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard.