FHP lorida Highway Patrol begins Operation P.E.D.S

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BRADENTON, FL. - On March 1,the Florida Highway Patrol will begin Operation P.E.D.S. on U.S. 41 between State Road 70 and Bayshore Gardens Parkway.

This pedestrian education and enforcement detail will commence at 6:00 pm and conclude at 10:00 pm.

Troopers will be looking for pedestrian, bicycle and motorist violations that occur at or near intersections.

The purpose of this detail is to reduce pedestrian and cyclist related traffic crashes.

During year 2012, the Florida Highway Patrol investigated 12 pedestrian fatality crashes in Manatee County.

Pedestrian Safety:

• Walk on sidewalks.

• Cross at marked crosswalks or intersections.

• Dress to be seen. Wear visible clothing.

• Follow the pedestrian signal, not the overhead traffic signal.