Pinellas County leaders aim to reduce traffic deaths after string of recent crashes

Posted at 6:08 AM, Oct 15, 2018

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. — Pinellas County leaders are taking steps early next year to reduce traffic deaths.

Forward Pinellas, an agency that helps with transportation planning and safety, met recently to discuss several recent deadly crashes and what can be done to prevent more.

Their plan, which will be better laid out and launched in early 2019, includes more no-turn-on-red signs and new bike lanes, as well as police out there educating drivers and pedestrians.

They also hope to add more zebra-striped crosswalk to the most dangerous intersections in Pinellas County. Zebra-striped crosswalks are a special kind of crosswalk that is traditionally more visible than traditional parallel-striped crosswalks.

This comes after Clearwater Police launched a new crackdown against street racing along the Courtney Campbell Causeway after a deadly crash last month.

A motorcycle slammed into a car going 100 miles per hour, according to Clearwater Police.

Since August, police have issued dozens of citations for speeding, racing and refusing to move over along the Courtney Campbell Causeway.

Vision Zero is helping Pinellas County leaders form these pedestrian and road safety guidelines.