The enforcement took place this morning on Virginia Drive at the Orlando Urban Trail [GMap].
The enforcement consisted of a plain clothed OPD Sergeant pushing the button for the pedestrian crossing sign to flash and then approaching to cross the street.
While most of the vehicles stopped, some did not.
Those that did not were pulled over by an OPD officer who was further down the road.
The driver was then issues a warning or a $164 ticket and three points on their license. According to state law, all drivers must yield to a pedestrian if they are in a marked cross walk even if cross walk traffic signals are not present.
This crossing happens to be one of the most noticeable in the area from an engineering standpoint. There are flashing lights on both sides of the street, a large median for the trail, a sign in the median telling drivers to yield for pedestrians, and a cross walk.
Sergeant Robert Bear with OPD was the officer attempting to cross the trail as cars drove by.
“We’re number one in the nation for pedestrians getting hit so were out here to make citizens safe and make sure everyone obeys the traffic laws,” he told Bungalower. “We’re trying to lose that number one ranking and doing what we can to educate drivers and enforce the state statutes,” he added
You can see in the video three vehicles fly by Baer as he attempts to cross the street at the marked trail. Baer said he was surprised by how egregious some of the violations were. “Some of them I was two feet from the car and one even sped up as I continued to cross the street,” he said.
We even witnessed one white SUV honk at the officer for trying to cross the street. He received a ticket.
All of the walkers and bikers on the trail and in the area while we were there were thrilled that OPD was out enforcing the law and most stopped to thank them.
Best Foot Forward, Orlando Police and Orange County Sheriff’s Office organized half a dozen pedestrian enforcements this week.
“Whether we are here or not you still need to yield to the walkers. You either obey the law or you don’t. There’s no middle ground here,” Bear said.
For the hour we were there, the OPD officers pulled over nine vehicles. Four of them got tickets and five got warnings.
Here’s a video of some of the cars not stopping for the OPD Sergeant:
And some photos of the enforcement: