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Memorial Day Parade Road Closures and Holiday Safety Reminders in Sarasota

| Suncoast Post Staff |

The annual Memorial Day Parade will be held on Monday, May 29, 2023, beginning at 10 a.m. at Main Street and Osprey Avenue in Sarasota.  There will be several tow-away zones and street closure notices that will be in place for the following times on Monday, May 29, 2023:

  • 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Gulfstream Avenue closed from Cocoanut Avenue to McAnsh Sq.
  • 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Main Street closed from U.S. 301 to Gulfstream Avenue
  • 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Links Avenue closed from 1st Street to Ringling Boulevard
  • 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Osprey Avenue closed from 2nd Street to Ringling Boulevard

Vehicles not removed by the posted time will be towed at the owner’s expense.  For information on towed vehicles, please contact Upman’s Towing at 941-365-7084.

According to NHTSA, in 2021, 11,813 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants were killed in crashes in the United States. That same year, 57% of passenger vehicle occupants killed at night (6 p.m.–5:59 a.m.) were not wearing seat belts. That’s why the Click It or Ticket campaign focuses on nighttime enforcement. Participating law enforcement agencies will take a no-excuses approach to seat belt law enforcement, writing citations day and night. In the City of Sarasota, the maximum penalty for a seat belt violation is $116.

When traveling during a parade, Sarasota Police officers want to remind citizens to remember these safety tips:

  • Reduce your speed.  More speeding-related fatalities happen during the summer months than at any other time of the year.
  • Refrain from using cell phones or devices when driving.
  • Designate a sober driver or take alternate transportation if you consume alcohol.
  • Drive defensively and exercise caution, especially during bad weather.

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