Traffic Safety – Motor Vehicle, Bicycles & Pedestrians

Spring is upon us and with the warmer weather comes the opportunity for our citizens and visitors to explore and enjoy our beautiful City.  The following information is respectfully provided so that motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians travel safely while on our roadways and enjoy all that our City has to offer.

Under Florida State Statute a bicycle is considered a vehicle and a person in control of a vehicle on a street or high­way is considered a driver.  The following information is covered by Florida State Statutes.

  1. A bicycle operated between sunset and sunrise must be equipped with a lamp on the front exhibiting a white light visible from 500 feet to the front and both a red reflector and a lamp on the rear exhibiting a red light visible from 600 feet to the rear.  The lamps are permitted to flash.  Additional lighting is permitted.
  2. A bicycle rider or passenger under 16 years of age must wear a bicycle helmet that is properly fitted, fastened securely and meets federal safety standard for bicycle helmets.
  3. A cyclist may not wear a headset, headphone or listening device, other than a hearing aid, while riding.
  4. A driver, which includes a bicyclist, must obey all applicable traffic control devices.  This include stop signs and traffic signals.
  5. The driver of a vehicle overtaking another vehicle proceeding in the same direction shall pass to the left thereof at a safe distance and shall not again drive to the right side of the roadway until safely clear of the overtaken vehicle.  The driver of a vehicle overtaking a bicycle or other non-motorized vehicle must pass the bicycle or other non-motorized vehicle at a safe distance of not less than 3 feet between the vehicle and the bicycle or other non-motorized vehicle.
  6. Every driver of a vehicle shall exercise due care to avoid colliding with any pedestrian or bicyclist.
  7. Cyclists may ride two (2) abreast only within a single lane and when not impeding traffic.  Cyclists may not ride more than two abreast except on paths or parts of roadways set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles.
  8. A pedestrian crossing a roadway at any point other than a (marked or unmarked) intersection crosswalk or a marked mid-block crosswalk shall yield to all vehicles on the roadway.
  9. When a vehicle is stopped at a crosswalk to permit a pedestrian to cross the roadway, the driver of any other vehicle approaching from the rear shall not overtake and pass such stopped vehicle.
  10. When a pedestrian is trying to cross a public street or highway, guided by a dog guide or carrying in a raised or extended position a white cane or walking stick, an approaching driver is obliged to bring his vehicle to a full stop before arriving at such intersection or place of crossing and, before proceeding, shall take such precautions as may be necessary to avoid injuring such pedestrian.
  11. If a mobility-impaired person (using a guide dog or service animal, a walker, a crutch, an orthopedic cane, or a wheelchair), is in the process of crossing a roadway at an intersection, drivers approaching the intersection must stop before arriving at the intersection and take reasonable precautions to avoid injuring such a pedestrian

If you have any questions about the information listed above, please feel free to contact Captain Doughney or any member of the Flagler Beach Police Department.

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Auto Theft Prevention

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigations Uniform Crime Report there were an estimated 721,053 thefts of motor vehicles nationwide in 2012; totaling 4.3 billion dollars in losses.  The following proactive tips are provided to assist with the prevention of auto thefts.

  • Turn your car off.  Never leave your car running and unattended.  Vehicles are commonly stolen at ATM’s, convenience stores, etc.
  • Lock it up.  Lock your vehicle, roll up the windows, close the sunroof and make sure you take the keys with you.  If you have a garage, use it.  When your vehicle is parked in the garage roll the windows up and lock it.
  • If your vehicle has an alarm or an anti-theft device, use it.
  • Hide your valuables.  Items of value that are left in plain view attract thieves.
  • Don’t hide keys.  Thieves know where to look, so please don’t hide keys in or on your vehicle.
  • Park in well-lit areas with plenty of pedestrian traffic, or when possible, in attendant lots.  If you have to leave a key with the attendant/valet, leave only the ignition and door key.
  • Consider installing a GPS tracking system.  When your car is stolen, this tracking system will emit a signal to the Police of your vehicle’s location.  This may help the Police recover your vehicle faster and may minimize the damage to your car.
  • The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NCIB) recommends a “Layered” system of protection and a brochure outlining the “Layers” of protection can be accessed and downloaded from the NCIB website.  The attached link is provided in regard to the brochures;

Should you have any questions about the tips listed above, please feel free to contact any member of the Flagler Beach Police Department so we can assist in preventing you from becoming a victim of auto theft.