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Message From The Chief
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PEDESTRIAN SAFETY – IT DOES NOT HAPPEN BY ACCIDENT

No doubt you are very much aware of the ongoing initiative taken by the City of Wilton Manors and the Wilton Manors Police Department to raise awareness of pedestrian and cyclist safety.  There is no better way to put it than simply reminding everyone that traffic safety is a two-way street.  In other words, the responsibility of traveling safely on our roadways lies with the motorist, the cyclist and the pedestrian.

Did you know that Wilton Manors is not alone as it battles for safer streets?  It is a nationwide fight to make travel on our streets safer.  In fact, in a recent article written by AP reporter John Locher it is reported that “pedestrians now account for about 15% of motor vehicle crash deaths, versus 11% a decade ago.”  

In the first six months of 2015 there were 2,368 pedestrian deaths compared with the first six months of 2014 when there was 2,232 pedestrian deaths.  That represented an increase of 6%.  Four states – California, Florida, Texas and New York – accounted for 42% of all pedestrian deaths during that same time frame.  By comparison, these four states represent approximately 33 percent of the U.S. population according to the 2015 U.S. Census. For all of 2015, there was an estimated 10% increase in pedestrian deaths! This represented the highest increase in these types of fatalities in 25 years.  Unfortunately, Florida ranked #1 in pedestrian deaths during that same time frame.  Go to the Governors Highway Safety Association website at www.ghsa.org for more information.

Why the increase?  One theory is that there are more people on the roadways because of the increase in our population that has overburdened our existing roadways which have not been upgraded in decades.  Some theorize that social media (the cell phone or the IPod for music) has left motorists, cyclists and pedestrians distracted.  In fact, just today (March 9, 2016) I stopped a pedestrian who crossed NE 26 Street at 5 Points.  He crossed in the crosswalk, but did so against the light.  He walked right into westbound traffic!  Fortunately, the motorist was paying attention.  The pedestrian was not.  He had earplugs listening to music and was focused on his IPhone not on his own safety.

Rule #1
STAY ALERT.  Yes, that means your focus must be on your personal safety and your surroundings; not on your phone.  For our young people, that may be the hardest rule of all!  

Rule #2
Use the crosswalk!  Yes, even if it means you have to walk a little further.

Rule #3
WAIT!  People do not seem to have much patience these days.  Wait for the crosswalk signal to change; it will stop traffic and will allow you to cross safely.

Please visit our Pedestrian Safety page to view the video which we produced in our continuing effort to raise awareness.

As always, the Wilton Manors Police Department is at your service day or night, 24/7.  Feel free to visit us at City Hall, 2020 Wilton Drive, Monday through Friday, 7am – 10pm and Saturday 10am – 5pm.


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Wilton Manors Police Dept.
2020 Wilton Drive
Wilton Manors, FL 33305

Front Desk Hours: 
Monday - Friday 7am – 10pm 
Saturday           10am – 5pm



EMERGENCY DIAL 9-1-1

Non-Emergency / Dispatch
(954) 764 - HELP   (4357)

Information/Administration
954 - 390 - 2150
954 - 390 - 2189 FAX

Paul O'Connell
Chief of Police
954 - 390 - 2158
poconnell@wmpd.org

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Gary Blocker
Commander of Operations
954 - 390 - 2185
gblocker@wmpd.org

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