Enforcement Begins in Pedestrian Safety Initiative
Officers can now issue citations instead of warnings to traffic violators.
Tampa Police officers wrapped up a traffic law educational period aimed at keeping Tampa’s roadways safe for pedestrians and bicyclists. As part of the Florida Department of Transportation’s “Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow Campaign,” officers will now begin issuing citations to drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians who commit traffic violations. Officers still believe that education and warnings can change the behavior of roadway users, but citations can be issued for serious violations of traffic laws that regulate the safe movement of these vulnerable roadway users.
Officers will continue to have a visible presence in several high traffic corridors throughout the city.
The department’s goal is to reduce crashes by increasing awareness of traffic laws with motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians. Late last year, FDOT awarded the police department a contract to maintain an increased police presence in high traffic areas to encourage all roadway users to practice safe habits.