Tampa Police Joins Statewide Campaign Aimed at Keeping Roadways Safe
The Tampa Police Department is partnering with the Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida to keep Tampa’s roadways safe. Starting in December 2017, extra officers will patrol the city’s streets to educate pedestrians, motorists and bicyclists about Florida traffic laws as part of a statewide campaign.
During the initial 60-day educational phase, officers will issue warnings along with safety tips to violators in an effort to build awareness to traffic laws involving pedestrian and bicycle safety. This effort will target all roadway users and will include a focus on a driver’s responsibility to obey traffic laws governing movement of pedestrians and bicyclists. After the initial educational phase, officers will begin issuing written warnings and citations in an effort to change the behavior of all roadway users
The department’s ultimate goal is to reduce the number of serious injury and fatality traffic crashes by increasing awareness of traffic laws with motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians.
This traffic safety initiative is part of the Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT), “Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow” campaign. FDOT awarded the police department a contract to provide an increased police presence in high traffic areas in an effort to remind all roadway users to pay attention and follow the rules of the road. This program is a partnership designed to promote traffic safety for pedestrians and bicyclists and was forged in cooperation with the hope of reducing the number and severity of crashes involving all roadway users within the City of Tampa.