Orange County, Florida Police Crack Down on People Who Fail to Yield to Pedestrians
ORANGE COUNTY, FL – According to an online news report at clickorlando.com, local Orange County deputies are cracking down on drivers who fail to yield to pedestrians.*
The law is crystal clear in Florida. Drivers are legally responsible for yielding, slowing down or stopping for pedestrians who are going across a roadway using a crosswalk.
In just one day, it was reported that numerous drivers failed to yield to pedestrians just across the street from the University of Central Florida, an area that is heavily trafficked with individuals walking to and from class.
"It’s almost ridiculous that people are so much in a hurry that they don't care about the other person's individual safety," Master Deputy Michael Johnson said.
Within the last few months, there were numerous pedestrian related accidents near Alafava Trail and University Boulevard close to the University of Central Florida’s campus. This is why police are currently conducting a crosswalk “crackdown” to keep Florida pedestrians safe.
"What they need to do is if there's a signalized crosswalk, press the button and wait for the signal of saying 'Yes, It’s time to cross," said Amanda Day, with the Best Foot Forward campaign.
At least 8 drivers were pulled over in the morning of Wednesday, March 20, 2019 and in fact, one driver was arrested for operating a vehicle without a license.
In Orange County, an average two pedestrians are hit by cars on a daily basis with one pedestrian who is killed, all on a weekly basis. According to nationwide statistics, Orlando is the most dangerous city for people to be involved in pedestrian accidents.
For those who fail to yield to pedestrians, they can face hefty monetary fines and three points on their license.
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