Sanford cops conducting high visibility enforcement patrols over next 6 months to get motorists, bicyclists & pedestrians to comply with traffic safety laws along SR 17-92

YouTube download / Raw video shot by a motorist in early January shows Sanford police and firefighters responding to a bad wreck on 17-92. The still image above is of a double-fatality on April 24, 2017, in which two men in a GMC Envoy were killed on U.S. 17-92 when their SUV attempted to turn left onto Airport Boulevard and was struck by a Kia Sorrento, causing the Envoy to roll over. The driver of the Kia was not seriously injured. Sanford police say the 17-92 artery is among the deadliest in the city.
 
HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer

SANFORD, Fla --  Seminole County ranks among Florida's top 25 counties in traffic crashes resulting in serious and fatal injuries to pedestrians and bicyclists.

Sanford cops plan to commit more patrols to stem the tide against these grim stats with a six-month sustained commitment in getting motorists to comply with safe traffic laws "to protect the safety of these most vulnerable road users," Sanford police PIO Bianca Gillett told Headline Surfer. As suchSanford is starting to conduct "High Visibility Enforcement" details or HVE this month and continuing through May in the area of SR 17-92. This area is over-represented in traffic crashes resulting in serious and fatal injuries to pedestrians and bicyclists, Gillett explained.

Sanford cops plan to commit more patrols to stem the tide against these grim stats with a six-month sustained commitment in getting motorists to comply with safe traffic laws "to protect the safety of these most vulnerable road users," Sanford police PIO Bianca Gillett told Headline Surfer. As such, Sanford is starting to conduct "High Visibility Enforcement" details or HVE this month and continuing through May in the area of SR 17-92. This area is over-represented in traffic crashes resulting in serious and fatal injuries to pedestrians and bicyclists, Gillett explained.

HVE details are funded through a contract with the University of North Florida in partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation’s focused initiative to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety. The goal of this enforcement effort is to increase awareness of and compliance with traffic laws that protect the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists.

Enforcement efforts will focus primarily on education to drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists. But motorists be forewarned: Violations deemed egregious that may result in warnings or citations depending on the circumstances.

Sanford, FL crasdh data for 2018 / Headliner SurferSanford Police Pointers for drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians:
  • DRIVERS Obey speed limits, never drive impaired, and always watch for pedestrians and bicyclists;
  • BICYCLISTS: Obey traffic laws, ride in the direction of traffic, and use lights when riding at night.
  • PEDESTRIANS: Always cross in crosswalks or at intersections, obey pedestrian signals, and make sure you are visible to drivers when walking at night.
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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com for a decade now. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed dozens of journalism-industry awards in print anddigital platforms. Frederick is enrolled at Full Sail University in Winter Garden, FL, where he's three-fourths through the online Master of Arts program in New Media Journalism. His graduation is in August.