Seminole County Put Its Best Foot Forward on October 2, 2019
Best Foot Forward was born out of the belief that the status quo is unacceptable. Officials in Seminole County resolve to tackle the problem of pedestrian deaths by joining with BFF to reduce the number of driver-versus-pedestrian crashes by focusing on getting more drivers to yield to people in marked crosswalks, as Florida law requires. It uses the “Triple E” approach that combines low-cost engineering, community education and high-visibility enforcement to achieve results.
Since BFF launched in Orange County in 2012 and Osceola County in 2017, we’ve seen the number of drivers yielding increase by more than 40% on monitored crosswalks. Isn’t it amazing what a group of BFF’s can do?
Seminole County’s 17 new partners joined the 21 existing partners in Orange and Osceola County, making Best Foot Forward the largest grassroots coalitions in the nation working to lower pedestrian fatalities and injuries.
Seminole County Launch Information
WHO: Best Foot Forward, our Seminole County partners, our state-wide partners, honored guests
WHAT: The launch of the Best Foot Forward program
WHEN: Wednesday, October 2, 2019; 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: Seminole County Commission Chambers
1101 E. First Street, Sanford, FL 32771
WHY: If we all join together, we can truly make a difference and save people’s lives
BFF Seminole Coalition Partners:
|City of Casselberry||Casselberry Police Department|
|City of Lake Mary||Lake Mary Police Department|
|City of Longwood||Longwood Police Department|
|City of Oviedo||Oviedo Police Department|
|City of Sanford||Sanford Police Department|
|City of Winter Springs||Winter Springs Police Department|
|Seminole County||Seminole County Sheriff’s Office|
|Seminole County Public Schools||Seminole County Crossing Guards|
|Florida Department of Health: Seminole County||Altamonte Springs Police Department|
Resolutions Passed in Support of Best Foot Forward:
|City of Casselberry||City of Longwood|
|City of Oviedo||City of Sanford|
Check out our initial crosswalk data collection
Best Foot Forward has already been working with leaders across Seminole County to choose crosswalks to monitor, and gather baseline data. Tony is our expert data collector. He previously worked for the Orange County Sheriff’s Office as a school crossing guard trainer and a school crossing guard himself. Each municipality has chosen a number of crosswalks for initial tracking. Tony goes out with local law enforcement, city planners, etc., and scientifically measures how many drivers yield for people walking in a marked crosswalk.
That number is our baseline driver yield rate. It gives BFF a starting point. Over time, as we apply our “Triple E” approach of education, low-cost engineering and high-visibility enforcement, we monitor whether those yield rates change. In other words, are more drivers yielding to people in those same marked crosswalks? Our data has proven that they will.
Coming Soon: BFF in Seminole County
February 11, 2019