Osceola County is one of the fastest-growing communities cities in the state, and with that comes some challenges. Osceola County also ranks in the top 25 counties in the state for traffic crashes resulting in serious and fatal injuries to pedestrians and bicyclists.
In an attempt to improve upon that statistic, the Kissimmee Police Department has put back in place High Visibility Enforcement Details through May 13, 2022, in the following areas:
• From John Young Parkway to Ingram Street on West Vine Street/East Vine Street
• From Clay Street to Patrick Street on John Young Parkway
On May 1, 2022, KPD will add a third area:
• From Old Vineland Road to North Hoagland Boulevard on West Vine Street
The areas KPD has selected are areas with high amounts of traffic crashes resulting in serious and fatal injuries to pedestrians and bicyclists.
High Visibility Enforcement 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.
However, violations may result in warnings or citations depending on the circumstances.
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.
The point, if we work together and obey these laws, we can make a positive difference and improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety in and around Osceola County.