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Media Alert: Operation BFF in Osceola County and Kissimmee June 2019

This summer, officers and deputies in Orange and Osceola counties will be on the streets for an Operation Best Foot Forward crosswalk crackdown. On June 19th, plain-clothed officers from the Kissimmee Police Department, St. Cloud Police Department, Orange County Sheriff’s Office and Orlando Police Department will be citing drivers who fail to yield for people walking in marked crosswalks. On June 26th, the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office will wrap things up with one last reminder to yield for PEDS.

Drivers should always stay alert to people walking, but should expect a $166 citation and a chat with law enforcement if they fail to yield at the following locations during Operation BFF.

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Osceola County

Doverplum Ave. & San Remo Rd.

Average Yield Rate (April 2019): 35%

(35 out of 100 drivers yield for pedestrians in the crosswalk)

Tracked since: October 2017

Why we chose this crosswalk: This location has been monitored as part of the BFF program since the Osceola launch in October 2017 but has not been part of an enforcement action due to a weather issue last year. Paired with Koa St. & Laurel Ave., it is the perfect time to remind Poinciana drivers to stay alert to people walking.

Koa St. & Laurel Ave.

Average Yield Rate (April 2019): 49%

(49 out of 100 drivers yield for pedestrians in the crosswalk)

Tracked since: October 2017

Why we chose this crosswalk: Poinciana will be having their first Operation BFF of 2019, so this location is coupled with S. Doverplum Ave. & San Remo Rd. The yield rate at this location still needs a lot of improvement.

Old Dixie Hwy & Sawdust Trail

Average Yield Rate (April 2019): 12%

(12 out of 100 drivers yield for pedestrians in the crosswalk)

Tracked since: March 2019

Why we chose this crosswalk: Schools out, and kids in the neighborhood and at the local daycare center use this crosswalk to get to and from the nearby community center and park. Osceola County recently installed a rectangular rapid flashing beacon at this crosswalk, which should bring more visibility and result in more drivers yielding to people walking.

 

Kissimmee & St. Cloud

311 W. Oak St.

Average Yield Rate (April 2019): 10%

(10 out of 100 drivers yield for pedestrians in the crosswalk)

Tracked since: March 2019

Why we chose this crosswalk: Heavy foot traffic combined with a lot of cars can be a rough combo, and that is what you will find at this location. Drivers rarely stopped at this location during Operation BFF in April, making it a dangerous spot for people walking and a high-priority for KPD.

Dyer Blvd. & Kennsington Rd.

Average Yield Rate (April 2019): 22%

(22 out of 100 drivers yield for pedestrians in the crosswalk)

Tracked since: October 2017

Why we chose this crosswalk: Though we’ve been monitoring this crosswalk since 2018, it will be KPD’s first time enforcing it due to heavy construction here last year.

 

Click here to see a list of the crosswalks being enforced by the Orlando Police Department and Orange County Sheriff’s Office on June 19th.

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