Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow” Program Funded for October 1, 2020

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Date: October 2, 2020
Location: City of Cape Coral
When: October 1, 2020 – May 14, 2021
What: High Visibility Enforcement to Improve Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety

Lee County ranks in the top 25 counties in the state for traffic crashes resulting in serious and fatal injuries to pedestrians and bicyclists. In Cape Coral, between October 2nd, 2019 and October 2nd, 2020 there were 134 traffic crashes involving bicycles or pedestrians (73 of which were pedestrian-only) and 3 fatalities (all pedestrians).

In an effort to protect the safety of these most vulnerable road users, the Cape Coral Police Department will conduct High Visibility Enforcement Details (HVE) during the period of October 1st, 2020 and May 14th, 2021 within the city limits.

HVE details are funded through a contract with the University of North Florida and the Institute of Police Technology and Management (IPTM), in partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation’s focused initiative to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety.

The goal of this enforcement effort is to increase awareness of and compliance with traffic laws that protect the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists.

Enforcement efforts will focus primarily on education to drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists. However, violations may result in warnings or citations depending on the circumstances.

Remember:

  • Drivers – obey speed limits, never drive impaired, and always watch for pedestrians and bicyclists.

  • Bicyclists – obey traffic laws, ride in the direction of traffic, and use lights when riding at night.

  • Pedestrians – cross in crosswalks or at intersections, obey pedestrian signals, and make sure you are visible to drivers when walking at night.

If we all do our part, we can reduce the number of injuries and fatalities caused by violating laws that govern pedestrians, bicyclists and vehicles.

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