Officers Focus on Pedestrian Safety

Update

Officers have concluded the educational phase of this operation.  They will now enter the warning phase in which violators will be stopped and warned during the months of February and March.  The most egregious violators will be issued citations.

ORIGINAL RELEASE

Officers of the Daytona Beach Shores Department of Public Safety will be focusing on pedestrian and bicycle safety in the coming months.  Funded by a Florida Department of Transportation grant administered by the University of South Florida, officers will conduct operations between October, 2015 and May, 2016 in which unsafe drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians will be targeted along State Road A1A.

During previous operations, officers repeatedly observed drivers fail to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, occasionally requiring pedestrians to run to avoid being struck.  The primary focus at the beginning of the program will be on educating the public about the laws designed to protect pedestrians.  Florida law requires drivers to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.

Pedestrians are encouraged to use marked crosswalks whenever possible and not place too much trust the road safety system.

For any additional information please contact Detective Sergeant Michael Fowler at (386) 527-8273.