Melbourne Police Department Conducting High Visibility Enforcement Through May 17
By Space Coast Daily // May 9, 2019
the City of Melbourne has been conducting High Visibility Enforcement details since March 25
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Brevard County ranks in the top 25 counties in the state for traffic crashes resulting in serious and fatal injuries to pedestrians and bicyclists.
In an effort to protect the safety of these most vulnerable road users, the City of Melbourne has been conducting High Visibility Enforcement details since March 25 and will continue through May 17 in Melbourne in the Babcock Street corridor, which includes U.S. 192 to Palm Bay Road.
The area of Babcock Street is over-represented in traffic crashes resulting in serious and fatal injuries to pedestrians and bicyclists. High Visibility Enforcement details are 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.
Enforcement efforts will continue and authorities encourage all drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians to follow these rules of the road and stay alert:
- 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.
The goal of this enforcement effort is to increase awareness of and compliance with traffic laws that protect the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists. Enforcement efforts will focus primarily on education to drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists.
Since beginning this campaign, Melbourne police officers have been visible and have issued warnings and educational material to 18 pedestrians, 15 bicyclists, and 10 motorists.
Officers have also issued 18 bicycle headlights as part of the Bicycle Light Distribution Program.
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