What to Know
- This operation will take place at various locations in Medley, Hialeah Gardens and parts of unincorporated Miami-Dade from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
- Officers will be cracking down on aggressive drivers, red-light runners, those speeding, not wearing seatbelts and driving while impaired.
The Florida Department of Transportation wants drivers to keep safety in mind when they are on the road – and agencies in Miami-Dade County will be conducting traffic safety enforcement in an effort to promote their measures.
As part of FDOT’s on-going “Drive Safe” campaign, officers will be cracking down on aggressive drivers and red-light runners while also keeping an eye out for those speeding, not wearing their seatbelts and driving while impaired or distracted.
This operation will take place at various locations in Medley, Hialeah Gardens and parts of unincorporated Miami-Dade County on Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
The operation comes just as a new study reveals that pedestrian involved car accidents nationwide have become deadlier and more frequent, jumping 46 percent since 2009.
"By the time we reached 2016, almost 6,000 individuals were losing their lives as a result of being pedestrians,” said David Harkey, President of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. "One of the things we need to be aware of as roadway designers is the need to accommodate pedestrians."
The study recommends improved lighting for pedestrians and more mid-block cross walks to prevent accidents like this one – while also recommending for pedestrians to protect themselves by not wearing dark clothing at night and possibly wearing reflective strips on their clothing.
Tuesday’s traffic safety operation will also include an educational component as officers will be handing materials to drivers with tips on how to keep our roadways safe for everyone.