SAINT PETERSBURG, Fla. – The St. Petersburg Police Department will participate in a statewide campaign to keep pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists safe on the busiest roads.
SPPD received a $53,764 contract to conduct High Visibility Enforcement operations focusing on bicycle and pedestrian safety from November 2020 through May 2021. These special operations will kick-off on Monday, November 9th, from 5 p.m.- 9 p.m., on 18th Avenue South between 22nd Street South and 34th Street South.
Year-to-date St. Pete has had seven pedestrian fatalities compared to 13 during the same time period in 2019, and two bicycle fatalities for both 2019 and 2020.
Pinellas County ranks in the top 25 counties in the state for traffic crashes resulting in serious and fatal injuries to pedestrians and bicyclists.
Over the next several months, education and enforcement efforts will be conducted along the following roadways:
- 34th Street North and South
- 4th Street North
- 54th Avenue North
- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street
- 18th Avenue South
- 16th Street South
- 3rd Street North
- US 19/5th Avenue North
- 49th Street North and South
- Gandy Blvd.
Working in partnership with the Institute for Police Technology and Management and The University of North Florida, this traffic safety initiative is part of the Florida Department of Transportation’s, “Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow” campaign. FDOT in cooperation with IPTM awarded the police department the contract to provide an increased police presence in high traffic areas to raise awareness of and compliance with traffic laws that protect pedestrians and bicyclists.
St. Petersburg Police Department Says:
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 the street in crosswalks or at intersections, obey pedestrian signals, and make sure you are visible to drivers when walking at night.