[vc_row triangle_shape=”no”][vc_column][vc_column_text]The traffic safety campaign Operation Best Foot Forward has launched its annual summer program reminding drivers that school’s out. The program aims to reduce the chances of anyone getting hit by a car in Orlando and elsewhere in Orange County.
During the campaign, the Orlando Police Department will team up with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department to police crosswalks. The idea is to emphasize Florida’s Driver Yield Law. The law requires drivers to yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk. Plainclothes law enforcement officers from both departments will cross on foot at marked intersections. Police will give either tickets or warnings to motorists who do not yield to people in crosswalks. The penalty for not yielding to a pedestrian in a crosswalk is $164 and three points on your driver’s license. Nearly 8,000 citations have been issued since the program began.
School is Out and So are the Cops! Tomorrow (6/13) is Operation Best Foot Forward with @OrlandoPolice and @OrangeCoSheriff – Officers will be enforcing Florida’s Driver Yield Law at marked crosswalks – Failure to yield is $164 & 3pts. See where at https://t.co/br0tEE9PKM pic.twitter.com/YRZLmagk34
— Best Foot Forward (@BestFootOrlando) June 12, 2018
Hit by a Car in Orlando
For years, traffic studies have tagged Orlando as being among the most dangerous places to take a walk. Nearly 1,000 people were hit by a car in Central Florida. Pedestrian accidents killed 67 people. According to a Governors Highway Safety Association report, pedestrian accidents killed more than 300 people across Florida in the first half of 2017. This makes Florida the second most dangerous state in the country for pedestrians, behind California.
Cyclists risk getting hit by a car in Orlando too. According to We Love Cycling, Orlando was the only city in America to make it into the top 10 worst cities in the world to ride a bike. So now that school is out, and there will be more cyclists and walkers around town, be extra careful.
If an act of negligence has caused you pain, suffering, injury or loss, legal help is available. Contact the Orlando car accident attorneys at Martinez Manglardi. Our personal injury lawyers have been helping people recover losses for more than 30 years. For a free consultation, call 407-846-2240. Offices throughout Central Florida.