St. Pete police to ticket pedestrians, bicyclists who break the law

ST. PETERSBURG, FL (WFLA) – The St. Petersburg Police Department is cracking down on pedestrians and bicyclists who break the law.

At 9:30 a.m. Monday, officers hit the streets to ticket those who didn’t cross in crosswalks or disobeyed bicycling laws.

It’s part of the second phase of the High Visibility Enforcement for Pedistrian and Bicycle Safety campaign funded by the Florida Department of Transportation.

The operation targeted an area around 3rd Ave. S. and 3rd Street S. It’s expected to end around 1:30 p.m. Monday. The area is frequently used by pedestrians.

News Channel 8 was on hand during the beginning of the campaign.

Officers stopped several people, but no tickets were issued. An officer can use his or her discretion when handing out a fine, police spokesman Rick Shaw said.

The fine for a pedestrian or bicycle violation is $62.50, Shaw said.

According to the police department, for the last three months, officers educated pedestrians and bicyclists and issued warnings to make sure citizens know and comply with the laws to make the roads safer for everyone. Now, they’ve moved to issuing tickets.

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