The Bradenton Police Department has again applied for and received grant funding for the High Visibility Enforcement program. Partnered with the Florida Department of Transportation and University of South Florida’s Center for Urban Transportation Research, the Bradenton Police, unified goal of this grant is to increase awareness of pedestrian and bicycle safety through education and enforcement.
The allocation of these funds will allow us to post overtime officers at several key intersections within our city that are known high-volume collision locations. Our officers’ observance and enforcement of traffic laws in these areas will significantly reduce the number of pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicle collisions, while also increasing public safety and awareness of, and adherence to, traffic laws. This grant will take place from September 2018 through May 2019.
At the end of implementation of this program, we hope to see a significant decrease in crashes, injuries, and fatalities. While we also expect to report an increase in the number of citations issued, we will implement this program fully understanding that the ultimate goal of this initiative is to change unsafe traffic behaviors and improve public adherence to traffic laws.