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Port St. Lucie Police Launch a 'High Visibility Enforcement' Effort to Improve Safety for Pedestrians and Cyclists

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St. Lucie County ranks in the top 25 counties in the state for traffic crashes resulting in serious and fatal injuries to pedestrians and bicyclists.

St. Lucie County - April 18, 2022: The Port St. Lucie Police Department has announced a 'High Visibility Enforcement' effort to improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists in the city.

St. Lucie County ranks in the top 25 counties in the state for traffic crashes resulting in serious and fatal injuries to pedestrians and bicyclists.

In an effort to protect the safety of these most vulnerable road users, the Port St. Lucie Police Department on Monday launched a High Visibility Enforcement Details (HVE) that will remain in effect through May 13.

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 the education of drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists. However, violations may result in warnings or citations depending on the circumstances.

Officers will concentrate their attention on SW Rosser Blvd from SW Birkey Avenue to SW Andalusia Road, and SW Port St. Lucie Blvd from SW Trenton Lane to SE Aneci Street. These areas have seen an unusually high number of traffic crashes resulting in serious and fatal injuries to pedestrians and bicyclists.

The HVE detail is funded through a contract with the University of North Florida, in partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation’s initiative to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety.

Remember:

* 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, cross in crosswalks or at intersections, obey pedestrian signals, and make sure you are visible to drivers when walking at night.