Enforcement Phase Begins in Transportation Safety Initiative
Officers are now issuing citations instead of warnings to traffic violators
Tampa Police officers wrapped up a 60-day traffic law educational period aimed at keeping Tampa’s roadways safe. As part of the Florida Department of Transportation’s “Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow Campaign,” officers are now issuing citations to drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians who commit traffic violations.
Officers will continue to have a visible presence in six high traffic corridors throughout the city. The following locations were chosen based on the high number of crashes that took place at intersections within each corridor:
Hillsborough Avenue – Westshore Boulevard to 52nd Street
Busch Boulevard – Florida Avenue to 50th Street
Fowler Avenue – Nebraska Avenue to 52nd Street
Nebraska Avenue – Downtown area to Fowler Avenue
Dale Mabry Highway – Gandy Boulevard to Hillsborough Avenue
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard– Dale Mabry Highway to 40th Street
Platt Street – Armenia Avenue to Bayshore Boulevard
They will also monitor the redesigned stretch of Platt Street which features a new designated bike lane that runs from Armenia Avenue to Bayshore Boulevard.
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.