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OPERATION P.E.D.S. (Pedestrian Education and Developing Safety)

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LAKELAND, FL – On April 26th from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM, FHP Troopers, Lakeland Police and FDOT Officials joined together to conduct Operation P.E.D.S. along the Memorial Boulevard corridor.

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The pedestrian education and enforcement detail (P.E.D.S), has Troopers and Officers observing for pedestrian, bicycle and motorist violations that occur at or near intersections, in an effort to reduce pedestrian and cyclist-related traffic crashes.

The effort is in response to the 239 crashes involving vulnerable road users in 2017, 13 of which were fatal. In 2018, that number increased to 321 crashes with 24 fatalities reported.

The April 26th operation resulted in 19 citations, 6 drug arrests, 42 pedestrian warnings, and 12 bicyclist warnings.

Pedestrian Safety:

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• Walk on sidewalks.

• Cross at marked crosswalks or intersections.

• Dress to be seen. Wear visible clothing.

• Follow the pedestrian signal, not the overhead traffic signal.

See https://www.flhsmv.gov/safety-center/driving-safety/share-the-road/ for additional safety information

Leslie Stein
Leslie Stein
Leslie Stein has over 35 years experience as a Speech-Language Pathologist working with neurologically impaired adults. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of South Florida in Speech Pathology. Leslie specializes in caring for individuals who have been effected by multiple medical conditions both acute and degenerative. Populations she cares for includes, but is not limited to, patients suffering from the symptoms of Stroke, Parkinsons, Alzheimers/Dementia, Multiple Sclerosis, and ALS which can adversely affect communication, cognition and swallow. Many years of experience has provided her with extensive knowledge and skills when developing individualized therapeutic techniques to help these patients return to their prior level of functioning or improving the quality of their life.
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