The Cape Coral Police Department has announced that they will be conducting High Visibility Enforcement Details (HVE) from October 1st, 2021, until May 14th, 2022, in an effort to protect Cape Coral's most vulnerable road users. The CCPD's goal in this enforcement effort is to increase awareness and compliance of traffic laws relating to the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists.
Unfortunately, Lee County is among the top 25 counties in the state for traffic crashes resulting in serious or fatal injuries to bicyclists or pedestrians. In Cape Coral alone, between October 2nd, 2020 and September 15th, 2021, there were 134 traffic crashes involving bicyclists or pedestrians (74 of these crashes being pedestrian-only) and 4 fatalities (3 pedestrians and 1 bicyclist were lost). The High Visibility Enforcement Details are being funded through a contract with the University of North Florida and the Institute of Police Technology and Management (IPTM). The program is also in partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation's initiative on improving pedestrian and bicyclist safety.
While the High Visibility Enforcement Details are primarily focused on safety education for motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians, committing traffic violations may result in a warning or citation, depending on the circumstances. The Cape Coral Police Department asks you to remember the following:
- Motorists – obey all posted speed limits, never drive while under the influence, and always be aware of any bicyclists or pedestrians around you.
- Bicyclists – obey all traffic laws, always ride in the direction of traffic, and use lights and reflective clothing if riding at night.
- Pedestrians – only cross the street on crosswalks or at intersections. Obey all pedestrian signals and ensure that you are visible if walking at night, using lights or reflective clothing if possible.
The best way to prevent an accident is to be proactive with your safety, which is the primary message behind the “Alert Today Alive Tomorrow” program. The Goldberg Noone Abraham team hopes that you and your family are never involved in such an accident, but if the worst should happen, we are here for you. Our attorneys are available by phone or online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please call us at (239) 461-5508 or fill out this simple form.