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Pinellas County deputies launch new effort to keep pedestrians, bicyclists safe

Posted at 6:38 AM, Mar 06, 2017

Starting Monday morning, you could get a warning if you’re not following the rules of the road when you’re walking or biking. Pinellas County deputies are launching a pedestrian and bicycle safety project. 

Tampa Bay is the seventh deadliest place to walk and bike in the entire country.

The first High Visibility Enforcement effort will start on Seminole Boulevard between Walsingham Road and 94th Avenue.

This is a two-phase project. The first is education and the second is handing out citations.

FDOT gave the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office $29,640 for enforcement. Their goal is to have fewer crashes. They also want to reduce the number of pedestrians and bicyclists killed out on the roads. 

Deputies are going to be focusing their on nine different Pinellas County “hot spots” that see the most accidents. Those include: Seminole Boulevard (Walsingham Road to 94th Avenue) Ulmerton Road (Belcher Road to 58th Street North) Main Street/ SR 580 (Belcher Road to Patricia Avenue) Pasadena Ave. (Grevilla Ave. S to Gulf Blvd.) Gulf Boulevard (75th Avenue to 37th Avenue) Gulf Boulevard (129th Avenue West to 131st Avenue West) Gulf Boulevard (150th Avenue to 155th Avenue) Gulf Boulevard (Central Ave to 1st St) Curlew Road (Belcher Road to Northridge Drive). 

Deputies will be highly visible on patrol three times a week for the next three months. 

They will be handing out free bike lights to bicyclists who need them. 

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