The Lee County Sheriff's Office recently received a grant for a high visibility enforcement program for pedestrian and bicycle safety.
The safety campaign, which began the second week of March, is in partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation and the University of South Florida's Center for Urban Transportation Research.
Deputies will observe, educate and enforce traffic laws in five chosen areas in an attempt to reduce the number of pedestrian, bicycle and motor vehicle crashes. Deputies will also be working to educate citizens about the importance of traffic laws.
The goal of the campaign is to increase awareness of pedestrian, bicycle and motor vehicle safety through education and enforcement. The grant, provided by FDOT and CUTR, will allow officers to be present at five key corridors in Lee County where pedestrian and bicycle crashes are most prevalent.
The locations were selected based on crash data involving pedestrians, bicyclists and motor vehicles. They were also chosen for their volume of pedestrian traffic and number of accidents involving vehicles and pedestrians or bicyclists.
The locations are:
- Pine Island Road between Old U.S. 41 and U.S. 41
- U.S. 41 from Bonita Beach Road to Rosemary Drive
- Lee Boulevard from Alvin Avenue to Williams Avenue
- U.S. 41 from South Road to Andrea Lane
- State Route 80/Palm Beach Boulevard from Prospect Avenue to Underwood Drive
"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," Lt. Dennis Petracca, the LCSO Traffic Unit supervisor, said. "Safety doesn't happen by accident."
All contacts with citizens will be documented and the results will be sent to the Florida Department of Transportation for evaluation at the conclusion of the campaign.
Source: Lee County Sheriff's Office