Operation Best Foot Forward
Law enforcement agencies in Orange County, led by Orlando Police Department (OPD) and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO), and agencies in Osceola County, led by the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, the Kissimmee Police Department (KPD) and the St. Cloud Police Department (SCPD), are committed to improving pedestrian safety using a system of escalating consequences, starting with general driver awareness and progressing from warning fliers to moving violations.
As part of the Best Foot Forward program, officers set up enforcement operations throughout the region and stop drivers who fail to yield to pedestrians in marked crosswalks as the law requires. Enforcement in Osceola County started in 2018.
Some highlights of BFF’s progress since the program began in 2012:
- Since 2012, BFF has monitored 85 total crosswalks.
- Law enforcement partners have issued 8,338 citations and warnings to drivers failing to yield to pedestrians during 415 Operation BFF enforcement details.
- BFF partners have participated in 400 events and presentations.
- In 2018, BFF garnered more than $650,000 in media value and 3,750,000 impressions.
- In 2018, 22 crosswalks were monitored and enforced in the City of Orlando and Orange County.
- 60% of drivers yield to pedestrians at monitored crosswalks on roads 35mph and lower in Orange County & City of Orlando – a jump from 17% in 2012.
- 21% of drivers yield to pedestrians on roads 40mph and higher in Orange County & City of Orlando – a jump from just 2% in 2012. (Click here for complete 7-year list of BFF crosswalks monitored, including yield rates).