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FHP Operation PEDS action on Bayshore Thursday

By Staff | May 10, 2017

Florida Highway Patrol and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, will conduct a Pedestrian Education and Developing Safety detail on State Road 78 (Bayshore Road) between the intersection of US 41 and Business 41 this Thursday. The detail will begin at noon and conclude at 2.

Troopers working Operation PEDS will be looking for pedestrian, bicycle and motorist violations that occur at or near intersections.

In 2016, there were more than 270 pedestrian and bicycle crashes involving injuries and 19 bicycle / pedestrian fatalities in Lee County.

“The purpose of this detail is to decrease the amount of injuries and deaths through a series of highly concentrated education and enforcement details in areas prone to pedestrian and bicyclist involved crashes,” a FHP release state.

Roadways with the highest concentration of pedestrian and bicyclist crashes are U.S. 41 (Cleveland Avenue), State Road 80 (Palm Beach Blvd.), Lee Boulevard, Estero Boulevard and State Road 78 (Bayshore Road).

FHP offers the following safety tips for pedestrians:

* Use designated walking areas whenever possible – Walk on sidewalks and in crosswalks whenever possible. Pay attention to walk signals and keep a safe distance when standing on street corners.

* Be sure to be seen – Be careful of blind spots when walking near or around a vehicle. Assume the driver does not see you.

Proceed with Caution when crossing intersections and streets.

* Stand out – Wear bright or reflective clothing, especially when walking in the dark. Carry a flashlight, too, for added protection.

Look Out for Wide Loads Keep your distance when walking around large trucks carrying wide loads because the driver may not see you.

FHP offers the following safety tips for pedestrians:

* Every driver of a vehicle shall exercise due care to avoid colliding with any pedestrian or bicycle.

* The driver of a vehicle at an intersection that has a traffic control signal shall stop at the marked stop line or if none before entering crosswalk.

* The driver of a vehicle overtaking a bicycle or other non-motorized vehicle must pass at a safe distance of not less than 3 feet between the vehicle and the bicycle or other non-motorized vehicle.

Source: Florida Highway Patrol