Troopers, deputies to target intersections popular with pedestrians

The Florida Highway Patrol and the Collier County Sheriff's Office are teaming up Wednesday and Thursday to look for drivers who violate traffic laws at intersections popular with pedestrians and bicyclists.

The extra patrols come during the second week of National Bicycle Safety Month. Troopers and sheriff's deputies will be focused on U.S. 41 from Collier Boulevard to Goodlette-Frank Road; Bayshore Drive from Thomasson Drive to U.S. 41; and the Courthouse Shadows shopping center on U.S. 41.

"It's going to be a detail where if troopers see violations, they will be stopping them," FHP spokesman Lt. Greg Bueno said. "Primarily, we're just trying to get the basic concept out there that cars and bikes ought to share the same road and be respectful of each other."

According to Bueno, some lesser known rules of the road for riders include:

When riding on a sidewalk or in a crosswalk, a bicyclist has the same rights and duties as a pedestrian.

Bicyclists must ride single file except on sidewalks or when two people riding side by side within one lane will not impede traffic

A rider is not permitted to wear a headset, headphone or other listening device other than a hearing aid when riding.

At least one hand must be kept on the handlebars while riding.

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EnoughCorporateGreed (Inactive) writes:

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Ain't that the truth! How many times do you see an officer changing lanes or turn a corner without signaling?

Here's a little lesson for the deputies on the road....try leading by example why don't you ya lazy morons...

316.155 When signal required.—
(1) No person may turn a vehicle from a direct course or move right or left upon a highway unless and until such movement can be made with reasonable safety, and then only after giving an appropriate signal in the manner hereinafter provided, in the event any other vehicle may be affected by the movement.
(2) A signal of intention to turn right or left must be given continuously during not less than the last 100 feet traveled by the vehicle before turning, except that such a signal by hand or arm need not be given continuously by a bicyclist if the hand is needed in the control or operation of the bicycle.
(3) No person may stop or suddenly decrease the speed of a vehicle without first giving an appropriate signal in the manner provided herein to the driver of any vehicle immediately to the rear, when there is opportunity to give such signal.
(4) The signals provided for in s. 316.156 shall be used to indicate an intention to turn, to overtake, or to pass a vehicle and may not, except as provided in s. 316.2397, be flashed on one side only on a parked or disabled vehicle or flashed as a courtesy or “do pass” signal to operators of other vehicles approaching from the rear.
(5) A violation of this section is a noncriminal traffic infraction, punishable as a moving violation as provided in chapter 318.

http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/i...

mr_1_term_proposition writes:

Lol! Way to target the illegals instead of the law abiding taxpayers! Thank you!

backwoodsbarbie writes:

Gee, let's pick on the drivers and not the ones at actual fault, I live in this area and i can't tell u how many mothers pushing their dang strollers with a small sized football team behind them, they should get a ticket and arrested from child endagernment as well as being reckless... They have no mind or concern that law a gravity states my car will always win... It is eaiser for u to stop from walking then me to stop going 45mph... Let's go ahead and get started on the bikes they don't even stop nor look when passing a street to make sure its safe to cross, Im a rollerblader and at every street even if the driver has a stop sign I still slow down and look to make sure there is no cars and even if there is on I let them go ahead bc I will admit some drivers are dumb donkeys and don't pay attention and my life is not worth getting somewhere 20 secs faster...

WilliamValentine writes:

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Maybe we should put our computer on our handlebars instead of listening to our ipod like our fellow LEO ... REALLY!

xmanxray writes:

How about all the violations on Vanderbilt Dr. between Immokalee road and Bonita Beach road.

SandnSurf writes:

in response to backwoodsbarbie:

Gee, let's pick on the drivers and not the ones at actual fault, I live in this area and i can't tell u how many mothers pushing their dang strollers with a small sized football team behind them, they should get a ticket and arrested from child endagernment as well as being reckless... They have no mind or concern that law a gravity states my car will always win... It is eaiser for u to stop from walking then me to stop going 45mph... Let's go ahead and get started on the bikes they don't even stop nor look when passing a street to make sure its safe to cross, Im a rollerblader and at every street even if the driver has a stop sign I still slow down and look to make sure there is no cars and even if there is on I let them go ahead bc I will admit some drivers are dumb donkeys and don't pay attention and my life is not worth getting somewhere 20 secs faster...

I have to agree with you regarding the people just cutting across the street where ever they want. That area is particularly bad because of the CAT stop in the museum's parking lot by the Courthouse. I'm sure they will be cited for jay walking.

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