Operation Best Foot Forward
This Wednesday, police in Orange County initiated higher vigilance and presence around six intersections in Orange County in an ongoing attempt to decrease pedestrian fatalities throughout the area. A part of the ongoing Operation Best Foot Forward, the increased police monitoring is aimed at reducing the number of pedestrian fatalities in Orange county after a particularly bad year of accidents. The initial day of heightened observation focused around crosswalks and intersections known throughout Orange County for their difficulty in crossing on foot.
Law enforcement officials in Central Florida are tired of our area’s reputation for pedestrian accidents. More than 8,000 people are injured in pedestrian accidents in our state every year, and regular readers of this blog know that the Orlando metropolitan area is among the most dangerous places for these accidents in the country. Last summer, this blog featured a post about a joint effort between Orlando Police and Orange County Sheriff’s Office called “Operation Best Foot Forward.” When the new program began last June, officers and sheriff’s deputies began handing out warnings to drivers who failed to yield to pedestrians.