Increased Patrols Starting First Week of January for Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety

SARASOTA, FL. – December 28, 2016   – 10:30 a.m.

The Sarasota Police Department has received a grant for a High Visibility Enforcement program for pedestrian and bicycle safety.  The safety campaign, which will begin the first week of January 2017, is in partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation and the University of South Florida’s Center for Urban Transportation Research. 

Officers will observe, educate and enforce traffic laws in the five chosen areas in an attempt to reduce the number of pedestrian, bicycle and motor vehicle crashes.  Officers will also be working to educate citizens about the importance of traffic laws.

The goal of the safety campaign is geared to increase awareness of pedestrian, bicycle and motor vehicle safety through education and enforcement.  The grant, provided by FDOT and USF, will allow officers to be present at five (5) key corridors in the City of Sarasota. 

The intersections in the City of Sarasota that were chosen were selected based on crash data involving both pedestrians, bicyclists and motor vehicles.  The intersections were also chosen for their volume of pedestrian traffic and number of accidents involving both vehicles and pedestrians or bicyclists:

·       North Washington corridor (SR 683 1000 Block to 2700 Block)

·       North Tamiami Trail Corridor (SR 45 – Mound Street to University Parkway)

·       South Tamiami Trail Corridor (SR 45 Mound Street to Hyde Park Street)

·       North Washington Corridor (SR 683 300 Block to 1000 Block)

·       Downtown Corridor (Main Street 100 Block to 2000 Block)

“The safety of our community is our number one priority.  We want every driver, pedestrian and bicyclist to know and understand the rules of the road,” said Sergeant Bruce King, Sarasota Police Department Traffic Unit.  “Safety doesn’t happen by accident.”

All contacts with citizens will be documented and results will be sent to the Florida Department of Transportation for evaluation at the conclusion of the safety campaign.