Deputies, police to crack down on motorists failing to yield to pedestrians


ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - In an effort they are calling Operation Best Foot Forward, Orlando police and Orange County deputies will be trying to catch drivers who don't yield to pedestrians this week.

According to investigators, the three-day operation will involve undercover officers posing as pedestrians at marked crosswalks.

Drivers who don't yield to the pedestrians will be issued a warning or ticket. A ticket means a $164 fine and three points on a driver's license.

The undercover officers will cross the intersections of South Semoran Boulevard and Curry Ford Road and East Michigan Street and North Orange Avenue on foot to make sure drivers give the right of way.

If a driver doesn't stop, police could hand out a ticket which could result in three points on a driver's license record.

Officials said this is the sixth operation of this type since the Best Foot Forward program was launched in May 2012.

According to officials, 1,350 tickets and over 3,870 warnings have been issued to drivers for failing to yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk since the program was launched.

Transportation for America ranked metro Orlando as the "Most Dangerous" pedestrian metro of the past decade, officials said.

The operations runs from Tuesday through Thursday.