West Palm Beach police step up efforts to protect pedestrians
West Palm Beach is one of the most dangerous places in Florida when it comes to traffic safety. Our infrastructure is especially dangerous to those who get around on foot. As a result, pedestrians are either seriously injured or killed at an alarming rate. That's why local law enforcement officers have been stepping up their efforts to keep drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians safe, according to FOX29.
Where will police increase enforcement?
A traffic safety campaign was funded through a contract with the University of North Florida and the Florida Department of Transportation. The purpose of this increase in enforcement is to help protect the most vulnerable road users in West Palm Beach — pedestrians and bicyclists.
Throughout the entire campaign, which runs through May 15, 2020, police officers will focus their efforts on these areas of West Palm Beach:
- Broadway from 36th Street to 59th Street
- Okeechobee Boulevard
- Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard
- Banyan Boulevard from Dixie Highway to Tamarind Avenue
One particular incident, that occurred in June of 2019, had West Palm Beach pedestrians afraid to cross the street in some areas. The incident involved a hit-and-run on S. Dixie Highway. Police were able to locate the car that was involved. The driver, however, abandoned the car.
From December 1, 2018 through June 19, 2019, approximately 53 hit-and-runs that resulted in injuries and fatalities were investigated in West Palm Beach.
Florida ranked the most dangerous place for pedestrians
A study conducted earlier this year by Smart Growth America found that South Florida is one of the most dangerous places in the nation for pedestrians. The study scrutinized pedestrian crash data from 2008-2017 and found that a total of 5,433 pedestrians were killed in Florida during that time.
Florida not only ranked as the most dangerous state for pedestrians. It also had eight of the top 10 most dangerous metro areas. The Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach area didn't make the top 10. It still ranked as the 14th most dangerous metro area in the nation. About 1,549 pedestrians were killed there from 2008-2017.
Across the United States, traffic fatalities have declined in recent years, but not for pedestrians and bicyclists, who have seen a rise in fatalities of 3.4 percent and 6.3 percent, respectively.
Pedestrians have just as many rights to access West Palm Beach roadways as other road users do. Unfortunately, many drivers fail to recognize this fact.
That's why attorney David J. Glatthorn has dedicated himself to helping injured pedestrians and their families pursue the justice they deserve. Attorney Glatthorn thoroughly investigates pedestrian crashes. He helps his clients build strong legal claims against negligent drivers and their insurance companies.
Take legal action today. Contact David J. Glatthorn, P.A. and schedule your free case review.