NEWS RELEASE 19-156 - SEPTEMBER 05, 2019
The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce the agency received funding for a High Visibility Enforcement (HVE) initiative for pedestrian and bicycle safety.
Sarasota County ranks in the top 25 counties in Florida for traffic crashes resulting in serious and fatal injuries to pedestrians and bicyclists. In an effort to protect the safety of these most vulnerable road users, the sheriff’s office will conduct HVE details from now through May 2020 with a focus on predetermined locations based on statistical crash data. These areas include:
- U.S. 41 from Jacaranda Boulevard to Center Road
- Bee Ridge Road from Honore Avenue to Swift Road
- U.S. 301 from 47th Street to Myrtle Avenue
- Bahia Vista Street from Cattlemen Road to Kaufman Avenue
- The intersection of Fruitville Road and Honore Avenue
HVE details are funded through a contract with the University of North Florida, Institute of Police Technology and Management (IPTM) 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 however, violations may result in warnings or citations.
Drivers are encouraged to always obey speed limits, never drive impaired, and watch for pedestrians and bicyclists. Bicyclists should obey traffic laws, ride in the direction of traffic, and use lights when riding at night. Finally, pedestrians are asked to cross in crosswalks or at intersections, obey pedestrian signals, and make sure they are visible to drivers when walking at night.