Pinellas County Aiming for Pedestrian and Cyclist Safety

Clearwater, FL (10/14/2019) – Starting on Monday, police in Pinellas County will be out working on a new pedestrian and bicycle safety initiative.

The sheriff’s office received a contract totaling $40,800 from the Florida Department of Transportation. The contract is for a project called High Visibility Enforcement, also known as HVE. It is a pedestrian and bicycle safety plan that starts next Monday. 

Deputies will target five hotspots where pedestrian and bicycle accidents are most common. They include:

  • U.S. Highway 19 (From S.R. 580 to Via Granada)
  • Tampa Road (From Meadow Lane to Lake Valencia Boulevard)
  • Pasadena Avenue (From Park Street South to Shore Drive)
  • Gulf Boulevard (From 71 Avenue South to Punta Vista Drive)
  • Gulf Boulevard (From 147 Street to John’s Pass Bridge)

Florida leads the nation in bicycle fatalities. The most common cause is the failure to yield the right of way. Cyclists who wear dark clothes, don’t use their lights or make improper turns are also partially to blame. 

A common cause of pedestrian collisions is the failure to use a crosswalk while crossing a busy intersection. Distracted driving and speed are also factors that contribute to these accidents. Deputies stated that it is everyone’s responsibility to help in the reduction of accidents in Florida.

Florida Deputies will hand out warnings and citations, as well as educational materials to help promote awareness for the high percentage of bicycle and pedestrian crashes in Pinellas County. The project will run through Friday, May 15, 2020.

Source: Fox13