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Law-enforcement officers throughout Orange County are conducting targeted traffic details today at locations that have a high rate of pedestrian and bicyclist accidents.
The enforcement is intended to bring a heightened awareness to both drivers and pedestrians. The focus is on three age groups: elementary, high school and young adult/college students.
Some of the intersections that are being targeted: University Boulevard at Forsyth Road; Orange Center Boulevard at Ohio Avenue; and Orange Center Boulevard at John Young Parkway.
According to the Community Traffic Safety Team, an Orange County crossing guard was recently killed when a driver failed to yield the right-of-way as the guard helped elementary children cross the road. Also, two other Orlando crossing guards were struck in hit-and-run incidents.
The effort began Tuesday and will conclude today.
Numerous violations have already been issued to both drivers and pedestrians, said Sheryl Bradley, chair of the Community Traffic Safety Team.
Pedestrians can be cited for not crossing at the crosswalk. Bradley said it is important pedestrians know there are laws they have to obey.
The majority of pedestrian and bicyclist accidents result from jaywalking, failing to use designated crosswalks, darting between parked cars and crossing mid-block, according to the Community Traffic Safety Team.