Bartow– This week is “National Stop on Red Week”, and from Aug. 4 to 10, members of Florida’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Coalition will be reminding everyone to STOP on RED including when making a right turn. The coalition, led by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), is a diverse group of stakeholders including federal, state, local, and public partners. The coalition is focused on the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists.
“At the Florida Department of Transportation, safety is our number one priority,” said FDOT State Bicycle Pedestrian Safety Program Manager Trenda McPherson. “The goal of this event is to remind all road users, including drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists to always stop on red. Because safety doesn’t happen by accident!”
FDOT has organized teams to conduct on-street safety outreach. The local effort is occurring August 7th from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the intersection of US 41 and 53rd Avenue West. Other partners participating include the National Coalition for Safer Roads, Manatee County and Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.
FDOT offers these tips for reducing intersection crashes:
Created by the Federal Highway Administration, “National Stop on Red Week” aims to educate drivers about the dangers of red-light running, and to help reduce the number and severity of traffic crashes.