Press Release

Subject: High Visibility Enforcement to Improve Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety
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Incident Date/Time 9/25/2019 9:00:00 AM
Expire Date/Time 10/25/2019 9:00:00 AM
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DATES: September 25, 2019 - May 31, 2020
14th St. W. (28th Ave W. to 69th Ave. W.)
15th St. E. (26th St. E. to Whitfield Ave.)
53rd Ave. E. (9th St. E. to I-75)
Cortez Rd. (301 Blvd. to 28th St. W.)

In an effort to protect the safety of our most vulnerable road users, the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office will conduct High Visibility Enforcement Details (HVE) between September 25, 2019 and May 31, 2020 in the areas/ intersections listed above.

Manatee County ranks in the top 25 counties in the state for traffic crashes resulting in serious and fatal injuries to pedestrians and bicyclists. The goal of this enforcement effort is to increase awareness of and compliance with traffic laws that protect the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists. Efforts will focus primarily on education to drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists. However, violations may result in warnings or citations depending on the circumstances.

The following reminders will be used to educate the public during this campaign:
• Drivers: Obey speed limits, never drive impaired, and always watch for pedestrians and bicyclists.
• Bicyclists: Obey traffic laws, ride in the direction of traffic, and use lights when riding at night.
• Pedestrians: Cross in crosswalks or at intersections, obey pedestrian signals, and make sure you are visible to drivers when walking at night.

This HVE detail is funded through a contract with the University of North Florida in partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation’s focused initiative to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety.