Last November, as part of the Town of Jupiter’s strategic initiative, the Jupiter Police Department began participating in the Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Enforcement Campaign, in partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and the University of South Florida Center for Urban Transportation Research. This safety campaign is designed to promote increased safety and awareness to pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists and to prevent further injuries and fatalities on our roadways.
As part of this safety enforcement campaign, Jupiter Police Department Officers have been conducting special enforcement operations at different locations throughout the Town of Jupiter. Officers have been issuing educational materials, bicycle safety lights, and warnings to those observed not following pedestrian, bicycle and motorist traffic safety laws.
Beginning in March, officers will be transitioning from an educational and warning phase to an educational and citation phase. Pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists in violation of traffic safety laws will continue to be issued educational materials and safety equipment; however, citations may be issued for observed violations.
The Jupiter Police Department is committed to decreasing the number of pedestrian and bicyclist injuries and fatalities through increased education, awareness and enforcement. By following these important safety tips, we can ensure the safety of those who use our roadways:
ü Pedestrians should always walk on the sidewalk and if no sidewalk, walk facing traffic.
ü Pedestrians and bicyclists should not wear headphones or talk on their cell phones.
ü Pedestrians and bicyclists should cross streets at marked crosswalks or intersections when possible and obey traffic signals such as WALK/DON'T WALK signs.
ü Walking or biking while impaired increases your chances of being struck. STAY SOBER.
ü Bicyclists operating on the roadway are subject to obeying all traffic control devices to include stop signs and lighted traffic signals.
ü Drivers should always be cognizant of pedestrians and bicyclists utilizing sidewalks, crosswalks and roadways. Drivers should exercise due care to avoid colliding with a pedestrian or bicyclists, as they share rights on the roadway.
ü Drivers should slow down. Speed is the cause of 32% of fatal crashes.
ü Avoid distractions while driving.