Increased Patrols Begin This Week for Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety

press releaseThe Lee County Sheriff’s Office has received a contract for a High Visibility Enforcement program for pedestrian and bicycle safety. The safety campaign, which will begin the third week of November 2017, is in partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and the University of South Florida’s Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR).

Deputies will observe, educate and enforce traffic laws in seven chosen areas in an attempt to reduce the number of pedestrian, bicycle and motor vehicle crashes. Deputies will also be working to educate citizens about the importance of traffic laws.

The goal of the safety campaign is geared to increase in awareness of pedestrian, bicycle and motor vehicle safety through education and enforcement. The contract, provided by FDOT and CUTR, will allow officers to be present at six key corridors in Lee County where pedestrian and bicycle crashes are most prevalent.

The locations in Lee County that were chosen were selected based on crash data involving both pedestrians, bicyclists and motor vehicles. These locations were also chosen for their volume of pedestrian traffic and number of crashes involving both vehicles and pedestrians or bicyclists:

Pine Island Road between Old U.S. 41 and U.S. 41 (Old U.S. 41 between Powell Drive and Mariana Avenue)

U.S. 41 from North Key Drive to Pine Island Road

Old U.S. 41 from Bonita Beach Road to Rosemary Drive

Lee Boulevard from Alvin Avenue to Homestead Road

U.S. 41 from South Road to Daniels Parkway

State Route 80- Palm Beach Boulevard- from Prospect Avenue to Underwood Drive

“The safety of our community is our number one priority. We want every driver, pedestrian and bicyclist to know and understand the rules of the road,” said Lt. Dennis Petracca, Lee County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit supervisor. “Safety doesn’t happen by accident”.

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

Please direct all media inquiries to the Public Information Office at (239) 477-1340 or by emailing publicinformationoffice@sheriffleefl.org