Last year in Osceola County, 148 people were injured in crashes while crossing the street and 19 lost their lives, a 30 percent increase from 2014 to 2016, as reported by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Leaders across the county are working to reverse this trend.
How? By changing driver behavior at crosswalks.
BFF has been monitoring crosswalks in Orange county since 2012, and now works in partner ship with the Orlando Police Department and Orange County Sheriff’s Office to monitor and enforce crosswalks throughout the area.
Osceola County, City of Kissimmee, City of St. Cloud, their respective law enforcement agencies, MetroPlan Orlando, LYNX, Osceola County Public Schools, Florida Health Department and local safety advocates have joined forces to launch Best Foot Forward (Click for Central Florida News 13 Coverage), a grassroots pedestrian safety initiative, to reverse escalating pedestrian injuries and fatalities by changing driver behavior at pedestrian crosswalks. The official launch took place on Monday, October 30, 2017 in the Osceola County Commission Chambers in Kissimmee, FL.
In the three-month warning phase, more than 165 warnings were issued to Osceola County drivers. During the first Operation Best Foot Forward on April 18, drivers received 78 citations and 18 warnings.
BFF is set to launch in Seminole County in August of 2019.