SARASOTA, Fla. -- March 8, 2018 -- 2:30 p.m.
Representatives from the Sarasota Police Department Command Staff and Traffic Unit partnered with NASCAR and the Florida Department of Transportation to highlight the ongoing high visibility enforcement program currently happening in the City of Sarasota during a news conference on Thursday, March 8, 2018.
Guest speakers included Chief Bernadette DiPino, Sergeant Bruce King, Sarasota Police Department Traffic Unit, and Scott Lagasse, Jr., NASCAR driver. March is Florida Bicycle Month. Mr. Lagasse highlighted the importance of bicycle safety. Chief DiPino and Sgt. King highlighted efforts of Sarasota Police officers while sharing tips for what drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists can do to stay safe.
Since November, Sarasota Police officers have been partnering with FDOT and the University of South Florida’s Center for Urban Transportation Research to observe, educate and enforce traffic laws in four chosen areas in the City of Sarasota in an attempt to reduce the number of pedestrian, bicycle and motor vehicle crashes.
The intersections in the City of Sarasota that have been the focus of the program 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.