Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer to Help
Keep Kids Safe Upon Return to School
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer will work-along with Orlando Police Department
Chief Paul Rooney to assist in School Crossing Guard duties for
Metrowest Elementary when Orange County students return to the classroom
for their first day of school on Monday, August 20. This work-along is
an effort to raise awareness about pedestrian safety and traffic laws to
prevent unnecessary pedestrian injuries and deaths.
“As we begin another school year, it is important to remember that
children will be riding buses and walking or biking to school,” said
Mayor Dyer. “Let’s put our best foot forward, watch out for students and
remember to slow down in school zones.”
During the work-along, Orlando Police officers, as part of Operation
Best Foot Forward, will be at the school warning drivers who fail to
yield to pedestrians at crosswalks as the State of Florida law requires.
Operation Best Foot Forward, a high-visibility enforcement operation, is
a key component of a community-wide effort to cut pedestrian deaths and
injuries in half over the next five years in Metro Orlando. Other
elements of the program focus on using low-cost engineering and
Monday, August 20, 2012
8:15 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.
Metrowest Elementary School
1801 Lake Vilma Drive (Corner of Lake Vilma Drive and Westpointe
As part of Mayor Dyer’s commitment to providing citizens with the
high quality service they have come to expect, he participates in
work-alongs with various City staff. Mayor Dyer has worked with Code
Enforcement Officers, gone door-to-door with Orlando Police Officers
delivering valuable City information to residents in the Parramore
Heritage Neighborhood, assisted City staff and children of the Nap Ford
Community School in planting a community garden and worked in the
customer service and development review areas of Permitting Services.
BEST FOOT FORWARD BACKGROUND:
Best Foot Forward for Pedestrian Safety is a coalition of civic
leaders, public safety officials, engineers, educators, transportation
planners, advocates and concerned citizens. Initiated by Bike/Walk
Central Florida under the leadership of former Orange County Mayor Linda
Chapin, spearheaded by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and funded by Orange
County, the Winter Park Health Foundation, MetroPlan Orlando, the
Orlando Police Department, and the Center for Research and Education in
Safety, the coalition includes Orange County Government, Orlando Health,
Lynx, the City of Orlando, Winter Park, Maitland, Eatonville,
Windermere, Winter Garden, and Apopka, as well as the police chiefs
throughout Orange County led by Orlando Police Chief Paul Rooney and
Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings.
The mission is to prevent accidents and improve pedestrian safety, while
encouraging walking as a safe, fun form of transportation and healthy
activity. To learn more, go to www.iyield4peds.org.