Sarasota Police to increase patrols for pedestrian & bicycle safety

SARASOTA, FL. – November 6, 2017   – 3:30 p.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 November 15, 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 four 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 four (4) 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:

·         Main Street (between 100 block to 2000 block)

·         Fruitville Road (from North Tamiami Trail (State Road 45) to Beneva Road)

·         North Tamiami Trail from Mound Street to University Parkway

·         North Washington Boulevard (U.S. 301) from Main Street to Myrtle Avenue

“The safety of our community is our number one priority.  We want every driver, pedestrian and bicyclist to understand and know 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.

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