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Crosswalk Crackdown Planned in Kissimmee and Osceola County on Wed. Aug. 15

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 Drivers be on notice. Stop for people at crosswalks or risk a $166 fine and 3 points on your license. The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office(OCSO) and Kissimmee Police Department (KPD) will be conducting its second crosswalk crackdown on Wednesday, August 15 just as over 72,000 Osceola County students are returning to school.

Dubbed Operation Best Foot Forward, crosswalk enforcement is part of a more comprehensive effort to educate drivers about Florida’s crosswalk laws that require drivers to yield and stop for pedestrians crossing the roadway in a crosswalk. The penalties for failing to yield include a $166 fine and up to three (3) points on the motorist’s license. 

Officers from OCSO and KPD will be cracking down at six crosswalk locations (see below) at nearby schools. During Operation Best Foot Forward, undercover, plain-clothed officers cross the street at marked crosswalks, giving motorists enough time to yield. Motorists who fail to yield will be issued a warning or citation.

Operation Best Foot Forward launched in Osceola County October 2017 after public officials noted a 30% increase in injuries and deaths due to driver versus pedestrian incidents from 2014 – 2016. In 2017, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles reported 122 injuries and 13 deaths in Osceola County.  Smart Growth America’s Dangerous by Design Report continues to rank Metro Orlando in the top five “most dangerous” U.S. metropolitan areas for pedestrians, where on average two pedestrians are injured daily and one killed weekly. Studies show that crosswalk enforcement is critical in boosting the number of drivers who yield to pedestrians because a driver-versus-pedestrian culture flourishes when unchecked.

The timing for the Osceola County Operation Best Foot Forward also coincides with the opening of four SunRail stations that are drawing over 3,000 commuters a day to high traffic areas. Additionally, over 1,700 new residents move to the region weekly and are new to area roadways and intersections.

Best Foot Forward is supported in Osceola County by: Osceola County, City of Kissimmee, Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, Kissimmee Police Department, Osceola County Public Schools, Osceola County Health Department, MetroPlan and Lynx.

Osceola County Aug. 15 Crosswalk Enforcement Schedule

Crosswalk Location

Time

Enforcement Agency

Nearby Schools

Church St & Sproule Ave 9:00 – 10:00 am

KPD

Central Avenue ES, Denn John MS, Osceola HS
S. Thacker Ave & W Ernest St 10:15 – 11:15 am

KPD

Thacker Ave. ES, Pleasant Hill ES, Osceola HS
898 N Hoagland Blvd – at Shingle Creek Trail crossing near Kissimmee Gateway Airport 11:30 – 12:30 pm

KPD

Highlands ES, Kissimmee MS, Osceola MS
Simpson Rd & Fortune Rd 9:00 – 10:00 am

OCSO

Cypress ES, Gateway HS
W. Donegan Ave & Coral Ave 10:15 – 11:15 am

OCSO

Highlands ES, N. Kissimmee Christian School
Central Ave & Hilda St 11:30 – 12:30 pm

OCSO

Highlands ES, N. Kissimmee Christian School