LEE COUNTY, Fla.- The Lee County Sheriff's Office Traffic Unit was out in full force today to educate the public and enforce pedestrian/bicycle laws.
The pedestrian and bicycle safety operation took place at 1:00 p.m. on Pine Island Road, between U.S. 41 and Old U.S. 41.
A 2012 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Safety Facts report found that Florida ranked third in the nation for pedestrian fatalities. Lee County was one of the top 15 counties in Florida with the greatest number of pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities.
They are stopping pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers because they say there have been too many accidents. The sheriff's office wants to remind everyone that the most convenient way to cross the road isn't always the safest.
Deputy Bil Joseph says, "I think that the most direct route to something, plays more into factor than walking up to a cross walk and being safe."
One woman was given a 60 dollar ticket when she rode her bike across the street when she wasn't supposed to. She tells WINK News, she plans to pay it off by doing community service.