Grants to improve Tampa pedestrian safety, deaths double U.S. average

3:16 PM, Apr 17, 2013   |    comments
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Tampa, Florida-- The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will provide multiple Tampa Bay area law enforcement agencies with funding to make the streets safer for pedestrians. 

According to officials, pedestrian deaths have recently declined in Tampa, but numbers still double the national average of pedestrian fatalities.

Now, a multi-agency operation is underway to continue Tampa's decreasing death trend. 

FDOT will dole out $100,000 in grants, originally provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, to both Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office and the Tampa Police Department. 

A total of eight jurisdictions are also reportedly receiving funding, including Florida Highway Patrol, Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, Pasco County Sheriff's Office, Largo Police Department, Pinellas Park Police Department, New Port Richey Police Department.

The grant money will increase the number of officers, deputies and troopers focused on crosswalk enforcement during rush hour.

But this is not the beginning of their efforts, reports saying notable progress has already been made since the grants began in 2010. 

"The Tampa Police Department has conducted 60 crosswalk enforcement operations and issued 3,409 citations for cars violating pedestrian right of way," a report explains. "Officers have also issued 1,593 warnings for pedestrians not utilizing crosswalks."

In the City of Tampa alone, pedestrian deaths have gone from 17 in 2010, to four in 2012. One has been reported for 2013. 

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