Sarasota Police Department Implementing a High Visibility Enforcement Program
The Sarasota Police Department is again implementing a High Visibility Enforcement program to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety. The City of Sarasota ranks in the top 25 cities in the state of Florida for traffic crashes resulting in serious and fatal injuries to pedestrians and bicyclists.
To protect the safety of the most vulnerable road users, the Sarasota Police Department will be conducting High Visibility Enforcement Details (HVE) from now until May 2022 throughout the City of Sarasota with a focus on several key roadways including:
- Siesta Drive to Bahia Vista Street in the South Tamiami Trail corridor
- 16th Street to Myrtle Street in the North Washington Boulevard (US 301) corridor
- May Lane to Sylvan Drive in the North Tamiami Trail corridor
The several key roadways in the City of Sarasota were selected based on crash data involving both pedestrians, bicyclists, and motor vehicles. HVE patrols are funded through a contract with the University of North Florida, in partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation’s focused initiative to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety.
The goal of the enforcement effort is to increase awareness of and compliance with traffic laws that protect the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists. Enforcement efforts will focus primarily on education to drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists. Violations may result in warnings or citations depending on the circumstances.
“Safety doesn’t happen by accident. We’re going to work to educate every driver, pedestrian, and bicyclist to know and understand the rules of the road. The safety of our community is our number one priority,” said Officer Jason Frank, Sarasota Police Department Traffic Unit. Remember:
- Drivers: Obey speed limits, never drive impaired, and always watch for pedestrians and bicyclists.
- Bicyclists: Obey traffic laws, ride in the direction of traffic, and use lights when riding at night.
- Pedestrians: Cross in crosswalks or at intersections, obey pedestrian signals, and make sure you are visible to drivers when walking at night.
All contacts with residents and visitors in the City of Sarasota will be documented and results will be sent to the Florida Department of Transportation for evaluation at the end of the safety campaign.
Graphic from Sarasota Police Department