Police in Pembroke Pines focus on pedestrian safety

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The Pembroke Pines Police Department will participate in the High Visibility Enforcement of Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety initiative which will begin March 8th, 2016 and will run through May 30th, 2016. 

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This initiative is under the direction of the Florida Department of Transportation and is managed by the University of South Florida. The goal of this initiative is to promote pedestrian and bicyclist safety through the use of traffic education and enforcement of all road users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists in high priority counties across the state. Broward County is one of the high priority counties named in the program.

Between 2008 and 2012, traffic crashes on Florida roads and highways resulted in 2,453 pedestrian fatalities and 530 bicyclist fatalities. (Source: Alert Today Alive Tomorrow – Florida’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Focused Initiative Tip Sheet).

The Pembroke Pines Police Department’s involvement in this initiative will begin with an “Educational Campaign” from March 8th, 2016 to April 1st, 2016. 

During tPOLICE USA2Ride NEWShese dates, officers at targeted locations within the city will distribute informational pamphlets to motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists, detailing Pedestrian & Bicyclist safety tips. Officers at these locations who observe violations by motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists, will seek to issue warnings in lieu of traffic citations when appropriate.

The remaining dates after April 1st, 2016 will be the Enforcement Portion of the initiative, where violations observed will result in the issuance of Uniform Traffic Citations, which carry fines ranging from $63.50 to $263.00. 

If you have any questions or would like additional information about the Pembroke Pines Police Department’s involvement in the High Visibility Enforcement of Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety initiative, please contact Sergeant Chris Sengelmann of the Traffic Unit at (954)-432-2200.  Walk, ride and drive safe!

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