Ormond Beach, FL - With Volusia County ranking in the top 10 counties in the state for traffic crashes involving pedestrians and bicyclists, Ormond police begin a new initiative to enforce high visibility.
The Ormond Beach Police Department announced that they will conduct High Visibility Enforcement Details (HVE) in the locations of State Road A1A, North and South Nova Road and South Younge Street from October to May 19th, 2019.
They say those chose these areas as they're over-represented in traffic crashes resulting in serious and fatal injuries to pedestrians and bicyclists.
In 2017, there were 18 vehicle vs. pedestrian crashes and 14 vehicle vs. bicyclist crashes in Ormond Beach. So far in 2018, there have already been 14 vehicle vs. pedestrian crashes and five vehicle vs. bicyclist crashes, several of them leading to severe injury or death.
HVE details are funded through a contract with the University of North Florida in partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation's (FDOT) initiative to improve pedestrian and bike safety.
Enforcement efforts will focus primarily on education to drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists. However, violations can result in warnings or citations, depending on the circumstances.