Look Both Ways: Operation Vision Zero Enforcement Begins
Thirteen law enforcement agencies across Orange, Seminole, Volusia and Brevard Counties are on a mission to save lives with the launch of Operation Vision Zero, a high visibility enforcement and public awareness campaign calling on drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians to exercise greater caution and obey Florida’s traffic safety laws when on the road.
The first wave of Operation Vision Zero enforcement began on February 27, 2020 and will continue throughout the month. March is the second highest month for pedestrian and bicyclists injuries and fatalities in these four counties.
Each participating law enforcement agency has identified corridors and intersections within their jurisdiction with a high representation of traffic crashes resulting in serious and fatal injuries to pedestrians and bicyclists. These locations are referred to as Vision Zero Zones.
In each Vision Zero Zone, special attention will be directed towards drivers who speed, fail to yield and stop for pedestrians in crosswalks, and those passing bicyclists too closely. Officers will also be on the lookout for pedestrians crossing the street outside of a crosswalk or failing to wait for the walk signal before crossing, and for bicyclists who do not obey traffic signs and signals, ride against traffic, or ride at night without lights and reflectors.
Vision Zero Zones by location and law enforcement jurisdiction:
|Brevard County Sheriff’s Office/Cape Canaveral MSTU||· U.S. 1/Cocoa Blvd. from Williams Point Blvd. to Fay Blvd.
· S.R. 520/Merritt Island Causeway from Myrtice Ave. to Sykes Creek Parkway
· S.R. A1A/Astronaut Blvd. from California Ave. to Central Blvd.
· S.R. 520/Merritt Island Causeway from Newfound Harbor Drive to 7-Eleven Driveway
|Palm Bay Police Department||· Malabar Road from Greenacre Drive to Babcock St.
· San Filippo Drive from Community College Parkway to Malabar Road
|Orange County Sheriff’s Office||· U.S. 441/Orange Blossom Trail from Holden Ave. to S.R. 400/I-4
· S.R. 438/Silver Star Road from Hiawassee Road to Powers Drive
|Orlando Police Department||· U.S. 441/Orange Blossom Trail from Gore St. to S.R. 50/Colonial Drive
· John Young Parkway from S.R. 408/East-West Expressway to S.R. 50/Colonial Drive
· S.R. 50/Colonial Drive from Tampa Ave. to Magnolia Ave.
|Seminole County Sheriff’s Office & Sanford Police Department Joint Operations||· S.R. 15/French Ave. from S.R. 46/25th St. to 13th St.
· S.R. 46/25th St. from S.R. 15/French Ave. to Mellonville Ave.
|Altamonte Springs Police Department||· E. Altamonte Drive/S.R. 436 from I-4 to Maitland Ave.|
|Casselberry Police Department||· S.R. 600/U.S. 17-92 from S.R. 436/Altamonte Drive/Semoran Blvd. to Dog Track Road/Seminola Blvd.
· S.R. 436/Semoran Blvd. from Howell Branch Road to U.S. 17-92/S.R. 600
|Longwood Police Department||· U.S. 17-92/S.R. 600 from S.R. 434 to Raven Ave./Shepard Road
· S.R. 434 from Grant St. to U.S. 17-92/S.R. 600
|Winter Springs Police Department||· S.R. 434 from Sheoah Blvd. to Moss Road|
|Volusia County Sheriff’s Office||· U.S. 17/Woodland Blvd. from U.S. 92/International Speedway Blvd. to Lake Molly Ave.
· Saxon Blvd. from East of I-4 to East of Finland Drive
|Daytona Beach Police Department||· U.S. 92/International Speedway Blvd. from Nova Road to Beach St.
· U.S. 1/S.R. 5 from Beville Road to 6th St.
· S.R. 430/Mason Ave. from Clyde Morris Blvd. to Derbyshire Road
· U.S. 92/International Speedway Blvd. from I-95 to Fentress Blvd.
|Port Orange Police Department||· S.R. 421/Dunlawton Ave. from S.R. 9/I-95 to Clyde Morris Blvd.
· S.R. 421/Dunlawton Ave. from Nova Road to S.R. 5/U.S. 1
“Operation Vision Zero is a high visibility enforcement campaign that brings law enforcement agencies across four counties together in this fight toward zero traffic crashes resulting in serious or fatal injuries to pedestrians and bicyclists on our roads,” said Amanda Day, Communications Lead for Alert Today Florida. “Working together isn’t just critical, it’s a necessity to save lives.”
Operation Vision Zero runs through March 2020. Officers will use discretion in issuing citations or warnings to violators, with the main goal to not only educate drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians about Florida’s traffic laws but also the role they play in sharing the road responsibly to improve the safety of everyone.