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The Tampa Police Department is one of several Law Enforcement Agencies in the Tampa Bay Area joining a statewide campaign to keep pedestrians, motorists, and bicyclists safe. The goal is to reduce the number of serious injury and fatality traffic crashes on roadways in the City of Tampa. Starting in January 2020 and working in partnership with the Institute for Police Technology and Management and The University of North Florida, additional officers will be assigned specifically to patrol Tampa’s roadways and educate citizens about Florida traffic laws concerning the movement of pedestrians and bicyclists.

During the safety initiative which runs through May 2020, officers will interact with roadway users by observing violations and conducting direct educational outreach to violators in an effort to build awareness to traffic laws. These efforts will specifically target violations involving pedestrian and bicycle safety and will also include a focus on a vehicle driver’s responsibility for the safe movement of pedestrians and bicyclists along and adjacent to roadways. The campaign is primarily focused on education and bringing citizens into compliance with existing traffic laws concerning pedestrian and bicycle safety.

The department’s ultimate goal is to reduce the total number crashes by increasing awareness of traffic laws with motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians.

Education and Enforcement efforts will be conducted along the following roadways:
• Hillsborough Avenue
• Busch Boulevard
• Nebraska Avenue
• Fowler Avenue
• Dr. MLK Jr. Boulevard
• Downtown Tampa roadways

This traffic safety initiative is part of the Florida Department of Transportation’s, “Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow” campaign. FDOT in cooperation with IPTM 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.