The Lee County Sheriff's Office Traffic Unit will be out in full force tomorrow to educate the public and enforce pedestrian/bicycle laws.
A High Visibility Enforcement for Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety operation will take place on Thursday, June 26, at 1 p.m., on Pine Island Road, North Fort Myers, between U.S. 41 and Old U.S. 41.
A 2012 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Safety Facts report found that Florida ranked third in the nation for pedestrian fatalities. Lee County was one of the top 15 counties in Florida with the greatest number of pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities.
Based on this data, the Florida Department of Transportation awarded the Lee County Sheriff's Office grant funding this year to conduct high visibility enforcement operations related to pedestrian and bicycle safety. LCSO is applying for additional funding in FY 14-15 for continued "hot spot" enforcement. These efforts are all part of a comprehensive safety campaign that promotes safe pedestrian, bicyclist and driver behaviors.
The program's main objective is to reduce traffic crashes and fatalities involving pedestrians and bicyclists through the use of selected traffic enforcement and education. Our goal is to dramatically reduce traffic crashes and pedestrian/bicyclist fatalities in Lee County.