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).
If you weren’t one of the 600,000+ people who heard about Operation Best Foot Forward earlier this week, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. On Wednesday, August 15, the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO), the Kissimmee Police Department (KPD) and the St. Cloud Police Department (SCPD) visited five crosswalks across the county for a crosswalk crackdown called Operation Best Foot Forward (check out the press release here). Officers and deputies at those locations gave out warnings and citations for drivers failing to stop for people crossing the street in a crosswalk – 64 total, to be exact.
Law enforcement officials weren’t the only BFFs in attendance. From the City of Kissimmee, Commissioner Jim Fisher and Public Affairs Officer Melissa Zayas-Moreno visited crosswalks to see Operation BFF live in action and talk to reporters about the importance of stopping. Osceola County Commissioner Cheryl Grieb also joined at W. Donegan Ave. and Coral Ave., promoting safety via her Facebook live video and by speaking with News 13 Traffic Reporter, Ryan Harper. Three cheers to each of you for joining us!
Partners continued to spread the news online via their social media channels. Huge thanks to Kissimmee Mayor Alvarez, KPD Chief Jeff O’Dell, MetroPlan Orlando, Osceola County, SCPD and the City of St. Cloud for sharing and retweeting – each one helps educate more drivers about their role when it comes to stopping at crosswalks.
We are so grateful to our partners and our BFFs at our local media outlets for their continuous support of the BFF program and Operation Best Foot Forward. Thanks to you, we are able to extend our message and promote safety outside of our crosswalk locations. Check out some of the great media coverage of the event on our YouTube channel and stay tuned for a report of all things Operation BFF coming next week.