Metro Orlando Leads Nation in the Number of Pedestrian Accidents
ORLANDO, FL – According to an online news report at wmfe.org, more pedestrians die in the metro Orlando area than anywhere else in the United States, per a study issued by Smart Growth America.*
The study found that the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford metropolitan area is the deadliest in the nation regarding pedestrian accidents. Specifically, there were 655 pedestrian fatalities between 2008 and 2017. The Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach area had 212 fatalities. The state of Florida as a whole ranks number one in the nation for the amount of pedestrian deaths during the above time period with 5,433 fatalities.
As a result of these staggering numbers, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and Best Foot Forward are cracking down on drivers who do not yield to pedestrians when they are in crosswalks in Orange County.
This operation, known as “Crosswalk Crackdown,” will involve plain clothed officers posing as pedestrians in crosswalks across Orange County. The point of the exercise is to target drivers who fail to follow pedestrian laws such as not stopping for a pedestrian who is located in a crosswalk.
The monetary fines associated with a violation of Florida’s pedestrian laws are significant. Specifically, those who violate pedestrian laws could potentially face a citation for $164 and receive three points on their license.
Despite these efforts, some are doubtful that they will be completely effective in dissuading drivers from violating pedestrian laws. According to the executive director of Bike Walk Central Florida, the police action is only a slice of the pedestrian safety solution. She notes that “[w]e call it a Triple E Approach, so it combines the education and enforcement as well as engineering changes. You can’t enforce your way out of any challenge like this so that engineering piece is critical.”
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Source:https://www.wmfe.org/metro-orlando-is-the-most-dangerous-for-pedestrians-study-finds/136287 and https://smartgrowthamerica.org/dangerous-by-design/