SARASOTA, Fla. (CW44 News At 10) – The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce that the agency has once again received funding for a High Visibility Enforcement (HVE) initiative for pedestrian and bicycle safety.
Sarasota County ranks in the top 25 counties in Florida for traffic accidents that resulted in serious and fatal injuries to pedestrians and cyclists. In an effort to protect the safety of these most vulnerable road users, the sheriff’s office will make HVE details from October 1 to May 2022, focusing on predetermined locations based on statistical crash data. These areas include:
- Bee Ridge Road from Village Green Drive to Maceachen Boulevard, Sawyer Road to Bond Place, Pine Ridge Road to Jetta Drive and Honore Avenue to I-75.
- S. 41 from Central Sarasota Parkway to Gulf Gate Drive, Blackburn Point Road to Osprey Point Drive and Jacaranda Boulevard to Durian Road.
- Clark Road from Westwind Lane to Beneva Road.
- Stickney Point Road from US 41 to Albert Place.
- North Indiana Avenue from West Green Street to Tangerine Woods Boulevard.
- Fruitville Road from Simmons Avenue to North Cattlemen Road.
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 aim of the enforcement effort is to increase awareness of and compliance with traffic laws that protect the safety of pedestrians and cyclists. Enforcement efforts will primarily focus on training for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists, but violations can result in warnings or quotes.
Drivers are encouraged to always adhere to speed limits, never slow down and look for pedestrians and cyclists. Cyclists must comply with traffic laws, drive in the direction of traffic and use lights when driving at night. Finally, pedestrians are asked to cross at intersections or at intersections, obey pedestrian signals and make sure they are visible to motorists when walking at night.
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