Law enforcement agencies take to streets to encourage pedestrian, bicycle safety

When his phone rings in the middle of the night, Broward Sheriff’s Office Detective Michael Kelliher knows something terrible has happened.

Kelliher, a member of the Traffic Homicide Investigations unit, only gets called out when someone is seriously injured or dead on the road. Increasingly, he ends up working fatal accidents involving a pedestrian or bicyclist who did not follow traffic laws.

“There is an issue with the pedestrians and the bicyclists,” he said. “Currently, the pedestrians [are a bigger problem than motorists]. Sometimes they are crossing major roadways where they have to go across 10 to 12 lanes of travel.”

Law enforcement agencies throughout Broward County are rallying to help reduce traffic crashes and fatalities involving pedestrians and bicyclists through the “Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow” campaign in partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation and the University of South Florida Center for Urban and Transportation Research.