(DeLand, FL) – The City of DeLand Police Department is partnering with Stetson University Public Safety and the Florida Department of Transportation to assist with pedestrian safety education, awareness and enforcement.
On three separate dates DeLand Police officers will be patrolling the main thoroughfares around Stetson University’s campus. Special attention will be given to locations where there is a high amount of pedestrian and vehicle traffic together. During this time period there will be an increased police presence in the prescribed area. The dates and times are as follows:
- August 15, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- September 12, 2017 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
- September 26, 2017 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The initial launch of this operation will have the primary purpose to educate violators. This will be through the issuance of warnings, along with providing information and answering questions relevant to Florida State Law. Future operations will become more enforcement-based with officers having full discretion to issue Uniform Traffic Citations for violations observed.
The operation falls in line with part of the police department’s mission statement to “safeguard the lives and property of the people we serve, to reduce the incidence of fear and crime, and to enhance public safety.”
We urge everyone to think safety first when operating a motor vehicle or crossing roadways. Here are some portions of the Florida State Law that deal with pedestrian safety:
- The driver of a vehicle at an intersection that has a traffic control signal in place shall stop before entering the crosswalk and remain stopped to allow a pedestrian, with a permitted signal, to cross a roadway when the pedestrian is in the crosswalk or steps into the crosswalk and is upon the half of the roadway upon which the vehicle is traveling or when the pedestrian is approaching so closely from the opposite half of the roadway as to be in danger.
- The driver of a vehicle at any crosswalk where signage so indicates shall stop and remain stopped to allow a pedestrian to cross a roadway when the pedestrian is in the crosswalk or steps into the crosswalk and is upon the half of the roadway upon which the vehicle is traveling or when the pedestrian is approaching so closely from the opposite half of the roadway as to be in danger.
- When traffic control signals are not in place or in operation and there is no signage indicating otherwise, the driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way, slowing down or stopping if need be to so yield, to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a crosswalk when the pedestrian is upon the half of the roadway upon which the vehicle is traveling or when the pedestrian is approaching so closely from the opposite half of the roadway as to be in danger. Any pedestrian crossing a roadway at a point where a pedestrian tunnel or overhead pedestrian crossing has been provided shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway.
- No pedestrian shall suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle which is so close that it is impossible for the driver to yield.
- A pedestrian shall obey the instructions of any official traffic control device specifically applicable to the pedestrian unless otherwise directed by a police officer.
- Where sidewalks are provided, no pedestrian shall, unless required by other circumstances, walk along and upon the portion of a roadway paved for vehicular traffic.