Faculty, staff, students, and visitors will notice an enhanced police presence around the University’s Coral Gables campus on Monday, March 2, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. when UMPD joins four other agencies on a traffic safety enforcement and educational detail in an area that includes Red Road, Ponce De Leon Boulevard, University Drive, and San Amaro Drive.
UMPD is joining the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District Six, Coral Gables Police Department, South Miami Police Department, and Pinecrest Police Department in the effort to curb red-light running, speeding, and impaired/distracted driving, and improve seat belt use, move-over law compliance, and general traffic safety.
UM student groups and FDOT personnel also will be conducting bicycle/pedestrian safety outreach at selected locations around the University, as part of FDOT’s Alert Today – Alive Tomorrow Bicycle/Pedestrian Safety Initiative.
“We’ll be on street corners reminding people not to be looking at their cellphones when they’re crossing streets and to use the marked crosswalks,” said John Gulla, UMPD’s crime prevention officer. “That’s dangerous. Pedestrians need to pay attention to the traffic and be defense-minded when they are crossing streets.”
The multi-agency education and enforcement detail will be made possible through a mutual-aid agreement and the Southeast Community Traffic Safety Team program.