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The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has funding available to law enforcement agencies who initiate high visibility enforcement (HVE) campaigns to keep pedestrians and bicyclists safe on Florida's roadways. This new funding is available through Florida's Bicycle/Pedestrian Focused Initiative.
In 2011, traffic crashes in Florida resulted in 497 pedestrian fatalities, 6,194 pedestrian injuries, 120 bicyclist fatalities, and 4,632 bicyclist injuries. Based on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Traffic Safety Facts, these rates nearly double the national average for pedestrians and nearly triple the national average for bicyclists.
Pedestrian and Bicycle crashes are more likely to result in fatal or serious injuries than any other types of crashes. The number of hospitalizations and emergency room visits related to these crashes indicate that the magnitude of the problem may even be larger than identified by traffic crash reports. The financial impacts and suffering caused by these fatalities and injuries are significant.
As a result, FDOT is looking to partner with law enforcement agencies to conduct HVE campaigns in high impact areas in conjunction with other education efforts.
So, you might ask, what's in it for my agency? Great question!
FDOT has designated $1.5 million dollars to high visibility enforcement efforts targeting pedestrian and bicycle safety during the 14/15 fiscal year. These funds are limited to overtime for HVE specific to improving pedestrian and bicycle safety in Miami-Dade, Orange, Hillsborough, Duval, Pinellas, Pasco, Broward, Palm Beach, Volusia, and Lee counties and may not duplicate or replace existing activities or efforts.
For more information about this program contact Ms. Trenda McPherson, State Bicycle/Pedestrian Safety Program Manager, Florida Department of Transportation, 605 Suwannee Street, MS 53, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0450.
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