Continuing through May 2023, TPD will conduct proactive patrols in pre-determined areas through a High Visibility Enforcement (HVE) detail to reduce the number of crashes related to pedestrians and bicyclists in those areas.
The increased patrols are due to the fact that Tallahassee is one of the top 15 cities in the state for traffic crashes resulting in serious or fatal injuries to pedestrians and bicyclists. TPD reported that in 2022, eight pedestrians and one bicyclist suffered fatal injuries in traffic crashes.
HVE details are funded through a contract with the University of North Florida in partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation. The goal of this enforcement effort is to increase compliance and awareness regarding traffic laws related to pedestrian and bicyclist safety in pre-determined areas that have been identified as having a high number of traffic crashes.
Enforcement efforts will focus primarily on education to drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists; however, violations may result in warnings or citations depending on the circumstances.
The areas, days and times of the HVE details are as follows:
- Monroe Street from Torreya Drive to Callaway Road from 3 a.m. to midnight on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays
- West Pensacola Street from Appleyard Drive to Flamingo Way from noon to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays
- West Tennessee Street from Copeland Street to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
- Capital Circle NW from W Tennessee Street to Peddie Road from 2 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
- Orange Avenue from Pasco Street to South Meridian Street from 2 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays
They should have to stop at every crosswalk no matter whether or not there is a stop sign in front of them or not. If somebody else and a motorized vehicle has to stop they need to stop and they also need to have horns on their bikes. Especially when the writing on sidewalks and bike lanes that have been literally eating away like on Centerville road because everybody wants to change laws. Oh so often. Then no one knows what legality is on writing a bike on the sidewalk. I never expected there to be a damn bicyclist on Centerville road of all roads in Tallahassee. Extremely small and extremely dangerous. If anything there should be forbidden roads for them to bicycle on or they have to sign a form. Taking full responsibility for themselves getting hit and should not be up to a driver to slow down traffic. Get rear-ended or get ran off the road because a guy decides he wants to bicycle in an area that is not built for it and then yell at me and my infant daughter. All because he can’t follow common sense rules of law which is a check everything before you just go out into a crosswalk knowing that somebody else is making a right hand turn and was there before you
What Pat said
Here is some information on the FDOT/UNF program that is funding this https://www.alerttodayflorida.com/HVE
Waste of resources trying to protect people from themselves/careless behavior. Why not concentrate on the almost Dailey shootings or give the taxpayer his/her money back.
Perhaps pedestrians and cyclists should wear bright colored clothing, safety vests etc. and obey the rules of the road. Case in point, I saw the electric unicyclist earlier this week: he is black, every piece of clothing he had on was black and his unicycle is also black. Hi was on the left side of the road with no lights. Very difficult to see!
Will TPD start issuing citations for J-walking? It’s all to common to see pedestrians crossing multi-lane highways randomly through left turn lanes just yards from a crosswalk. Crosswalks are there for a reason.
What exactly are the University of North Florida in partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation Funding? Why is the University of North Florida funding this instead of FSU?