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Sep
07

High Visibility Enforcement in the City of Sarasota to Improve Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety

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The Sarasota Police Department has received a grant for a High Visibility Enforcement program for pedestrian and bicycle safety.  The City of Sarasota ranks in the top 25 counties in the state of Florida for traffic crashes resulting in serious and fatal injuries to pedestrians and bicyclists.

In an effort to protect the safety of the most vulnerable road users, the Sarasota Police Department will be conducting High Visibility Enforcement Details (HVE) from now until May 2019 throughout the City of Sarasota with focus on several key roadways including:

  • N. Tamiami Trail (SR 45) from Mound Street to University Parkway
  • Main Street from N. Tamiami Trail (SR 45) to N. Washington Blvd (SR 683)
  • Fruitville Road from N. Tamiami Trail (SR 45) to Beneva Road
  • N. Washington Blvd (SR 683) from Main Street to Myrtle Street

The roadways in the City of Sarasota that were chosen were selected based on crash data involving both pedestrians, bicyclists and motor vehicles.  HVE details are funded through a contract with the University of North Florida, 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.

“The safety of our community is our number one priority.  We want every driver, pedestrian and bicyclist to understand and know the rules of the road,” said Officer Jason Frank, Sarasota Police Department Traffic Unit.  “Safety doesn’t happen by accident.”

All contacts with citizens will be documented and results will be sent to the Florida Department of Transportation for evaluation at the conclusion of the safety campaign.

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Sarasota Police Department
The Sarasota Police Department utilizes a proactive, intelligence led law enforcement strategy to prevent and reduce crime. Our mission: Professional, dedicated police service in partnership with our community.  For more information about our department, visit
www.sarasotapd.org

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Jun
28

High-Intensity Activated Crosswalk (HAWK) Activation

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The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) plans to activate the High-Intensity Activated Crosswalk (HAWK) pedestrian activated signal on US 41/N Tamiami Trail at 1st Street in downtown Sarasota tomorrow morning Thursday, June 28, weather permitting.

The HAWK signal provides protected pedestrian crossings, stopping traffic as needed. Once activated, a solid red indication is provided to motorists directing them to stop. The solid red indication advances to a flashing red that allows motorists to proceed with caution once a pedestrian is clear.

The video links below provide information for pedestrians and motorists on how to use the HAWK signal and what each indication means.

Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon Tip Card Page 1Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon Tip Card Page 2

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