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Eight agencies to enforce Florida’s driver yield laws in two-day Operation Best Foot Forward
ORLANDO, Florida - July 24, 2021 - Before more than 340,000 students head back to school in Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties, law enforcement agencies will remind drivers that they must stop for people in crosswalks. Deputies from Orange and Seminole counties sheriffs’ offices will join officers with Orlando, Apopka, Kissimmee, St. Cloud, Casselberry and Oakland police departments to conduct a pre-back-to-school Operation Best Foot Forward on July 27 & 28, 2021.
Operation Best Foot Forward is a high-visibility enforcement action to remind drivers about Florida’s driver yield law. At each detail, plainclothes officers will cross streets at marked crosswalks, giving motorists enough time to yield. Failing to yield may warrant a warning or a minimum $164 citation and three (3) points on the driver’s license. Studies show that when you combine engineering, education and enforcement over a prolonged period of time, driver behavior changes.
Most of the crosswalks selected for the July operation are in close proximity to schools where children will soon need to cross. Included in the back-to-school operations are:
View the Interactive Google Map of All Best Foot Forward Locations.
The Best Foot Forward for pedestrian safety program is administered by the local non-profit Bike/Walk Central Florida and first launched by MetroPlan Orlando, Orange County and the City of Orlando in 2012. It expanded to Osceola County, Kissimmee and St. Cloud in 2017 and Seminole County and Casselberry in October 2019. The cities of Apopka and Oakland most recently joined the coalition.
Best Foot Forward was created to reverse the conflict between pedestrians and drivers by focusing on one specific behavior change - getting more drivers to yield for pedestrians at marked crosswalks as Florida law requires. More than a campaign, Best Foot Forward is a behavior change-based program designed to improve road safety through consistent and persistent education, high-visibility crosswalk enforcement and low-cost engineering at marked crosswalks near elementary schools and LYNX bus stops, in urban areas and cross-sections of low and high-speed roads.
Best Foot Forward program progress: 2012 - June 2021
Covering Orange, Osceola and now Seminole Counties, Best Foot Forward is the largest grassroots coalition focused on pedestrian safety in the nation. Since 2012, when Best Foot Forward was launched, the percentage of drivers yielding to people in marked crosswalks has increased from 17% to more than 60% on roads with a speed limit of 35 mph and lower and 2% to 43% on roads 40 mph and higher.
Bike/Walk Central Florida (BWCF) is a 501(c)(3) that promotes walkable and bikeable communities through raising public awareness and advocating for safe, active transportation and recreation.
BWCF manages the Best Foot Forward for pedestrian safety program for its partners in Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties. Best Foot Forward is a behavior change-based program designed to improve road safety through consistent and persistent education, high-visibility enforcement and low-cost engineering at marked crosswalks. Best Foot Forward was launched in Orange County in June 2012. It more recently expanded into Osceola County in 2017 and Seminole County in 2019. Best Foot Forward is one of the largest grassroots programs of its kind in the nation.
BWCF coordinates the Bike5Cities program and its annual bike ride to promote safe bicycling routes and enhanced multi-use trails throughout Central Florida. The organization supports building, expanding and linking regional trails and completing Coast-to-Coast Connector trail. BWCF encourages transportation corridor planning and design by using Complete Streets principles for the benefit of all transportation users.
To learn more, go to http://bikewalkcentralflorida.org or http://iyield4peds.org.