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Florida Highway Patrol tackle pedestrian and bicyclist safety

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Posted at 11:04 PM, Apr 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-23 23:04:21-04

FORT MYERS, Fla. --- The Florida Highway Patrol held its operation P.E.D.S on State Road 80 on Monday morning.

The acronym stands for Pedestrian Education and Developing Safety, and aims to decrease the number of injuries and deaths through a series of highly concentrated education and enforcement details in areas prone to have pedestrian and bicyclist involved crashes. 

Operation P.E.D.S was held between Marsh Avenue and Channel Lane from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. Several troopers were on hand to pass out educational flyers, install bicycle lights/reflectors, reflective vest, wristbands and other safety material to those in need. 

Monday's operation resulted in 95 educational contacts between FHP officers and pedestrians, and installed 34 bicycle lights for people riding in the area, and also 1 warning to a driver who failed to make a proper stop.