[tabi] TPD to Begin Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operations

  • From: Owen Mccaul <mccaulo@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 15 Aug 2015 12:15:54 -0400

From WCTV's website:

"News Release: Tallahassee Police Department
August 14, 2015

TALLAHASSEE -- The Tallahassee Police Department will begin Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operations on August 26, 2015. TPD is committed to improving pedestrian safety for our residents and visitors through continued application of engineering, educational and enforcement strategies.

The Tallahassee Police are working with the City of Tallahassee Traffic Mobility Management to identify and improve environmental and traffic factors that are associated with high pedestrian crashes. TPD will be educating our citizens through pedestrian safety messages and encouraging them to follow pedestrian safety protocol both in person and via social media. In addition to routine patrol enforcement of pedestrian laws, TPD will conduct two operations every month beginning with the first operation in the 500-600 blocks of West Tennessee Street on Wednesday evening, August 26, 2015. These operations will be focused on enforcing pedestrian safety laws and will occur during the hours of 10PM to 2AM.

Officers will be enforcing pedestrian laws by looking for violations made by drivers and pedestrians that can lead to injuries or fatalities. Special attention will be directed toward drunk driving, speeding drivers, drivers making illegal turns, drivers failing to stop for signs and signals, drivers failing to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks or any other dangerous violation. Additionally, special attention will be directed toward impaired pedestrians and enforcement will be taken for observed violations when pedestrians cross the street illegally, cross against the walk signal of a crosswalk, or fail to yield to drivers who have the right of way."

This article was followed by the usual ignorant and/or hateful comments on WCTV's website. This is a long overdue step in the right direction since Transportation for America's Dangerous by Design studies, http://www.smartgrowthamerica.org/research/dangerous-by-design/dbd2014/state/florida/, have shown Tallahassee is not the safest place in the world for pedestrians.

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