Tag: Florida Law

Texting and Driving Now A Primary Offense in Florida

UPDATE 4/17: Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed the bill into law. The new law will go into effect on July 1, 2019. The provision regarding work zones and school zones will go into a “warning” phase on Oct. 1, 2019, with tickets starting to be issued on Jan. 1, 2020. […]

Honolulu Could Ban Pedestrians from Crossing the Street After Dark

Pedestrian safety is becoming a bigger priority in paradise. The Honolulu City Council is considering a new law that would ban pedestrians from crossing the street after dark, unless they are in a marked crosswalk or signalized intersection. If passed, Honolulu walkers could be fined $100 for violating the law. […]

Osceola, Kissimmee, St. Cloud Ticket Drivers Who Don’t Stop for Peds

New year, new crosswalks, same dangerous driving habits. Earlier this month local law enforcement experienced first-hand why Central Florida is the most dangerous area in the country when it comes to pedestrians. Over two days, during Operation Best Foot Forward, Osceola Deputies and Kissimmee and St. Cloud police officers issued […]

Distracted Driving a Bigger Risk than Drunk Driving

A new report shows that drivers—distracted by their smartphones are now the biggest threat to safety—ahead of drunk drivers. The road analytics firm Zendrive released the report earlier this month. It’s especially timely, because April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The report analyzed three million anonymous drivers over a […]

Media Release: Operation BFF in Osceola April 2019

Law enforcement from three agencies will fan out across Kissimmee and Osceola County this week, for a crosswalk crackdown. Dubbed Operation Best Foot Forward, officers and deputies will be enforcing Florida’s driver yield laws at five crosswalks. See our media release below, as well as a list of the crosswalks […]

Spring has Sprung: BFF Makes Changes to Reflect New Growth

Spring is known as the season of new beginnings. The days are getting longer and warmer, little green shoots are pushing out of the dirt, soon to become beautiful flowers. In a similar way, the Best Foot Forward Coalition is growing and changing. When we first planted the seeds of […]

UCF Police Chief’s Message of Caution for Drivers and Peds

“You should never drive distracted, but especially on a campus with a lot of pedestrian traffic.” That’s just one of the important messages from the University of Central Florida’s police chief. UCF police have  been working to make campus safer for pedestrians and cyclists. As part of their campaign, chief […]

Ped Safety’s Unsung Hero: BFF Data Collector Tony Calabro

Tony Calabro walks across the street. A distracted driver slams on his brakes just in time to avoid hitting Tony. The driver behind him does the same. Tires squeal and somebody honks, but Tony makes it across the street. Most people who just experienced such a close call would—and rightfully […]

What It’s Like to be “On the Ground” at Operation BFF

On March 20th, members of the Best Foot Forward Coalition, including Orange County deputies and Orlando Police officers held their 23rd crosswalk crackdown, dubbed Operation BFF. They fanned out to seven crosswalks and set up. The goal is to get more drivers to stop for people in marked crosswalks as […]