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FDOT Promoting Pedestrian Safety at Pier Park Event

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The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), Florida's Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Coalition and Florida's Safe Mobility for Life Coalition will be promoting pedestrian safety at Pier Park Wednesday, August 7 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. as part of National Stop on Red Week.

National Stop on Red Week, August 4-10, is an annual event geared towards decreasing red light running. The goal is to promote pedestrian safety by educating motorists and pedestrians on their personal responsibility as they approach signalized intersections. FDOT, coalition and community partners will be wearing bright red shirts reflecting their personal commitment to "Always Stop On Red" while passing out safety materials on Front Beach Road (State Road 30) near Russell-Fields City Pier.

Motorists will be educated on the potential conflicts with pedestrians and bicyclists at intersections, especially while turning right on red. Pedestrians will be educated on the safety benefit of crossing in marked crosswalks and only crossing when the pedestrian signal indicates it is safe to cross. Both drivers and pedestrians have personal responsibilities that include staying alert and paying attention to each other, especially at intersections.

The event will also focus on older pedestrians to promote walking as a safe alternative mode of transportation while raising awareness on intersection safety and sharing the road.

Specific tips for reducing pedestrian crashes include:  

  • When approaching a signalized intersection you should always be prepared to stop on red.
  • After stopping, you may turn right on red only if the way is clear of pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists, and there is no sign posted that prohibits right turns on red.
  • Always share the road.
  • Pedestrians should always be alert and pay attention to motorists and bicyclists before entering the street/intersection.

For more information on National Stop on Red Week please contact Trenda McPherson at (850) 414-4025. For more Florida Department of Transportation District Three information follow us on twitter @myfdot_nwfl.

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Information provided by the Florida Department of Transportation