In the past year, three crosswalks monitored by the Best Foot Forward program in Osceola County have seen significant increases in driver yield rates after the installation of rectangular rapid-flashing beacons (RRFBs).
The Best Foot Forward team stayed busy throughout 2019. We worked with our partners to conduct 5 Operation BFFs, educated thousands of kids about pedestrian safety, attended community events and kept our eye on new laws designed to help protect pedestrians. Take a look at our Top 5 Most Viewed stories from 2019.
In July of 2019, texting and driving became a primary offense in Florida. That means officers and deputies can now pull you over and ticket you for texting and driving. Read exactly what the law says, and how it addresses lawmakers’ concerns.
A Walking School Bus (WSB) is a safe, active and fun way for kids to get to school. Like a traditional school bus, the WSB has a route and children meet at designated pickup points. Instead of being picked up by a bus, students are picked up by adult leaders who walk them to and from school as a group. Here’s how you can start your own walking school bus.
Law enforcement from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and the Orlando Police Department hit the streets to enforce Florida’s driver yield law at a number of crosswalks and educate drivers on the importance of yielding to pedestrians in marked crosswalks. Read about the chosen crosswalks and how making them safer will help protect local families.
Three Lake Sybelia Elementary students each took home first place in their respective age groups for 2019’s WalkSafe Poster Contest. The students showed off their artwork and smiles while helping educate kids on pedestrian safety. Check out their masterpieces.
The Greater Orlando Metro Area was ranked #1 most dangerous in the nation for pedestrians, by Smart Growth America’s 2019 Dangerous by Design report. In November, Osceola County Sheriff’s Deputies and Kissimmee Police Officers held an Operation BFF, where they monitored a number of crosswalks and ticketed drivers who failed to yield for pedestrians, as Florida law requires. Read which crosswalks officers chose to focus on—and why.