Coun­cil to ap­prove grant for ag­gres­sive driv­ing en­force­ment

Orlando Sentinel - - LOCAL & STATE - By Tess Sheets

With a goal of re­duc­ing fa­tal­i­ties and se­ri­ous in­juries, Or­lando city coun­cil mem­bers are ex­pected to ap­prove a grant Mon­day that will help Or­lando of­fi­cers crack down on speed­ing and ag­gres­sive driv­ing.

The $75,000 grant from the Florida De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion will fund over­time salary and ben­e­fits for of­fi­cers to con­duct en­force­ment in ar­eas with a high num­ber of crashes from speed­ing or ag­gres­sive driv­ing, ac­cord­ing to project de­tails in­cluded in the grant agree­ment.

It is the sec­ond project Or­lando po­lice have sought funds for in three months to help curb the city’s traf­fic woes. In Au­gust, city coun­cil ap­proved a $55,000 grant for pedes­trian safety traf­fic en­force­ment.

The agency is ex­pected to keep tabs on the num­ber of ci­ta­tions is­sued for seat belt and speed­ing vi­o­la­tions is­sued dur­ing the project, as well as the num­ber of ar­rests for im­paired driv­ing, the grant states.

Along with in­creased traf­fic en­force­ment, of­fi­cers will con­duct speed and ag­gres­sive driv­ing ed­u­ca­tional ac­tiv­i­ties.

By Sept. 2019, the goal is to re­duce crashes, se­ri­ous in­juries and fa­tal­i­ties re­sult­ing from speed­ing or ag­gres­sive driv­ing by five per­cent com­pared to the past three-year av­er­ages, and to in­crease con­tact with speed­ing or ag­gres­sive driv­ers by 10 per­cent com­pared to a 2017-2018 pe­riod, ac­cord­ing to the agree­ment.

Be­tween 2012 and 2016, Or­lando ranked third in the state for speed­ing or ag­gres­sive driv­ing based on the num­ber of peo­ple se­ri­ously in­jured or killed, ac­cord­ing to the FDOT.

The project hopes to be “a strat­egy of pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion and ag­gres­sive en­force­ment in or­der to re­duce the threat to res­i­dents and vis­i­tors posed by speed and ag­gres­sive driv­ing pat­terns,” the agree­ment states.

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