The Auburndale Police Department is continuing its High Visibility Enforcement Program through April and into May. This program, with support of the Florida Department of Transportation, aims to improve road safety for pedestrians and bicyclists through education.
During the program, our department has placed additional officers to monitor Berkley Road, between U.S. Highway 92 and Donovan Drive. This specific area has a high occurrence of pedestrians and bicyclists’ crashes. Special attention will be directed towards increasing awareness of the dangerous behaviors that are contributing to serious and fatal injuries at these locations.
Officers have been on the lookout for drivers speeding, failing to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks, conducting improper turns, signal violations, or using hand-held devices while driving. They have been watching for pedestrians who cross the street illegally or fail to yield to motorists who have right-of-way. They have also been looking out for bicyclists who are riding against traffic, riding at night without lights, or not abiding by the same laws as motor vehicles. Officers have been issuing warnings and citations only when appropriate.
This goes hand-in-hand with the current Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Whether you are driving a vehicle, bicycling, or walking, please put down your device and focus on where you are going. Additional information about pedestrian and bicycle safety is available at www.alerttodayflorida.com.