Chief issues warning to stay alert on roads
Last Wednesday, four vehicular accidents occurred within the City of Sanibel. They have prompted Sanibel Chief of Police Bill Tomlinson to advise all drivers, cyclists and pedestrians to “slow down and be alert.”
And with the New Year’s Eve traditional celebrations close at hand, his advice becomes all the more topical and important.
“We anticipate significant increases in vehicular traffic as well as the number of persons utilizing the multi-use paths as we enter the high traffic season, thus making driver attentiveness even more important,” Tomlinson stated on Monday.
“The Sanibel Police Department is dedicated to keeping our roads safe,” he added. “Our top priority is to prevent accidents through public education and, if need be, enforcement. However, we need the public to be equally committed to roadway and shared path safety.”
The four accidents which occurred on Dec. 23 included a fender-bender in the parking lot at 2467 Periwinkle Way, a crash involving two bicyclists at 2255 Casa Ybel Road, a three-car incident at 2075 Periwinkle Way and a bike accident in the area of Palm Ridge Road and Sanibel-Captiva Road.
The following are some safety tips to remember while driving on Sanibel roads and shared use paths:
Please refrain from driving while using the cell phone or text messaging while driving and/or biking.
Please follow the instructions of any Police Traffic Aides or Police Officers in the roadways directing traffic.
Maintain a safe distance from other vehicles and bikes.
Pay close attention to other traffic.
Anticipate pedestrian and cyclist actions.
Cyclists and pedestrians should be aware of slower and faster users of the shared use path system; move to the right side of the path.
Be especially diligent at the crosswalks.
Be careful and courteous – it is contagious!