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Orange County Sheriff’s Office to enforce Florida’s driver yield law
at marked crosswalks to improve pedestrian safety.
ORLANDO, Fla. – The Orange County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) will be cracking down on drivers who fail to yield for a person crossing the street in a marked crosswalk this Wednesday, March 15, starting at 9:00 a.m. Dubbed Operation Best Foot Forward, officers will be enforcing Florida’s driver yield law on corridors such as Pine Hills Road, north of the site of a hit-and-run in February that killed a mother-of-three. Officers will also be on Universal Blvd., where two drivers struck and killed a man crossing the street and at other crosswalks throughout Orange County. A driver failing to yield may warrant a warning or a $164 citation and three (3) points on the motorist’s license.
Studies show that when you combine Engineering, Education and Enforcement over a prolonged period of time, driver behavior changes. If left unchecked the vehicle-versus-pedestrian culture flourishes. Operation Best Foot Forward is a high-visibility, dual-enforcement action to remind drivers about Florida’s driver yield law. Undercover officers wear plain clothes and cross the street at a marked crosswalk, giving motorists enough time to yield. Since Operation Best Foot Forward began in 2012, driver yield rates spiked 38%, from 17% to 60%, at crosswalks located on roads posted at 35 mph and less.
Facts – Best Foot Forward Program
Facts – Driver Yield Rates
NOTE TO EDITORS AND PRODUCERS: Media is invited to Operation Best Foot Forward and will have the opportunity to speak to drivers, police officers and pedestrians. Times and locations below:Crash Report Update
In 2016, 46 people walking were struck and killed in Orange County alone and 633 people were injured crossing the street. As of March 1, 13 people have been struck and killed and at least 100 injured in Orange County to start the year. These numbers have contributed to the Metro Orlando area’s distinction as one of the most dangerous places for pedestrians in the nation.
Total Traffic Fatalities Up
The National Safety Council reported in February that it estimates 40,200 people died in traffic fatalities in 2016, a 6 percent increase from the previous year. If that estimate is confirmed, it will be the first time since 2007 that more than 40,000 people have died in motor vehicle accidents. The National Safety Council attributes the rise to distracted driving and an improved economy with more people driving more miles.