A new Florida pedestrian safety initiative aims at cutting down the number of pedestrians injured or killed in accidents across the state of Florida. The crackdown is called Operation Best Foot Forward, and is aimed at cutting at least 50% of pedestrian-related injuries and fatalities in Orlando and across Orange County over the next 5 years.
The Best Foot Forward initiative includes the participation of public safety officials, educators, engineers, civic leaders, pedestrian safety advocates, Florida transportation planners, as well as concerned citizens of the state of Florida. The aim of the initiative is to prevent pedestrian-related injuries and fatalities, and make Orlando and Orange County roads safer for pedestrians to use.
Across Florida, Orlando pedestrian accident lawyers have found a concerted effort to encourage walking as a mode of transportation, and Best Foot Forward wants to encourage more people to walk, while making sure that there's a safe environment for them to do so.
Apart from education and awareness, the initiative also includes stronger law-enforcement activity. Orange County police officers have been committed to cutting down unsafe walking practices by pedestrians as well as risky driving practices by motorists. Over the summer, the Orange County Sheriff's Office and the Orlando Police Department issued more than 1,600 warnings to drivers who did not yield to pedestrians at a marked crosswalk.
If you are a driver, you must know this. Under Florida law, you are required to yield to pedestrians when you see them on a crosswalk. Slow down when you approach a pedestrian on a crosswalk, and look out for pedestrians, even when you're not near a crosswalk. Yield to pedestrians when you see them at intersections, even if you do not find any pavement markings.