BSO TARGETS PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLE SAFETY

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The Broward Sheriff’s Office will once again participate in the Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) “Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow” campaign, a high-visibility enforcement initiative aimed at protecting pedestrians and cyclists.
This is the seventh year that BSO has participated in the enforcement program.
Through a contract with the University of North Florida’s Institute of Police Technology and Management, BSO has been awarded $116,050 to educate people and enforce safe pedestrian, bicyclist and driver behaviors in Broward County. The goal of the effort is to reduce traffic crashes and fatalities involving pedestrians and bicyclists through the use of traffic education, warnings and enforcement operations.
The campaign runs until April 2021 and will focus on increasing awareness and compliance with traffic laws. Throughout the initiative, deputies in BSO jurisdictions will conduct on-street education by talking to motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians who use county roads. Deputies will enforce Florida Statutes by issuing warnings and citations when appropriate.
Pedestrian and bicycle crashes are more likely to result in fatal or serious injuries than other types of crashes. BSO reminds the community of the following safety tips:
• Pedestrians should always walk on the sidewalk. If no sidewalk is available, walk facing traffic.
• Pedestrians and bicyclists should not wear headphones or talk on their cellphones.
• Only cross streets at marked crosswalks or intersections, when possible, and obey all traffic signals.
• Pedestrians and bicyclists should make sure they are visible to drivers when walking or riding at night.