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CCPD urges night-time safety along Cape roadways

By Staff | Feb 28, 2018

The Cape Coral Police Department, in partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation, reminds drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians of the heightened dangers after dark, and of ways they can stay safe.

“Crashes involving pedestrians and bicyclists are more likely to result in fatal or serious injuries than any other types of crashes,” a safety release from the CCPD states. “They don’t have the protection of an automobile such as seatbelts or airbags. They are indeed the most vulnerable people on the road.”

Many of these crashes occur at night when visibility is low, which is why Alert Tonight Florida was developed, officials said.

“Many times motorists say they never saw the pedestrian or cyclist. Drivers must pay attention to the road at all times, but even more so during times of lower visibility such as after dark. Look out for bicyclists and pedestrians.”

“Bicyclists and pedestrians must also do their part to maximize their visibility,” officials added.

“Wear bright, reflective clothing, equip your bicycle with lights, and/or carry a flashlight when out at night. Heightened driver attention combined with heightened visibility of walkers and bikers equals improved safety for all.”

The CCPD shares the following tops list:

* Pedestrians should always walk on the sidewalk and if no sidewalk, walk facing traffic.

* Pedestrians and bicyclists should not wear headphones or talk on their cell phones.

* Pedestrians and bicyclists should cross streets at marked crosswalks or intersections when possible and obey traffic signals such as WALK/DON’T WALK signs.

* Bicyclists should have their bicycle equipped with a white light on the front visible from a distance of 500 feet and a red light visible from a distance of 600 feet, between sunset and sunrise during operation.

* Bicyclists operating on the roadway are subject to obeying all traffic control devices to include stop signs and lighted traffic signals.

* Bicyclists operating upon a sidewalk or crosswalk shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian.

The agency also lists unsafe driver behaviors that can lead to crashes and fatalities:

* Speeding (5 mph can make the difference between types of injuries)

* Failure to stop for red lights or stop signs

* Failure to yield to pedestrians and bicyclists

* Distracted driving

* Blocking crosswalks

* Turning on permitted light (green signal) but not looking for pedestrian properly crossing in a crosswalk -Right and Left turn crashes with pedestrians.

Source: Cape Coral Police Department