TRCC Shift Commander
Lt. James Shaw in action.
A few weeks ago, Captain David Tripp and Lieutenant Lisa Hunter initiated Operation Crosswalk—a special pedestrian enforcement detail, after receiving several complaints from the employees at the new Tallahassee Regional Communications Center (TRCC) that motorists were nearly running them over every time they crossed the street to get to work. FHP, Department of Revenue, and other state employees were literally taking their lives into their own hands as they attempted to cross traffic-laden Gadsden Street to enter the Carlton Building from the parking lot to get to work each day.
During the week prior to the pending operation, the Tallahassee Police Department (TPD) sent a representative to the Carlton Building, who offered employees important pedestrian safety tips. In addition, a flashing message board was placed on the side of the street near the crosswalk area to remind motorists to yield to pedestrians.
One week later during rush hour, Operation Crosswalk was underway. For safety reasons, a TPD officer was used as a decoy pedestrian for the selective traffic enforcement detail. Using a laser speed-measuring device, law enforcement officers clocked several vehicles at up to 40 miles per hour speeding through the pedestrian crosswalk. TPD, along with several Troopers from Troop H and the TRCC Troop Shift Commanders, wrote a total of 86 tickets and issued 12 warnings during this operation. Sixty-seven of those tickets were for “Failure to Yield to Pedestrians.” Also included were four criminal arrests. The entire operation was videotaped by TPD.
Sgt. Judy Suhocki talks on the radio while
Lt. Mark Boatright writes a citation.
Operation Crosswalk was a great success! Hopefully, motorists will come to understand that they must yield to pedestrians at this and other crosswalks throughout the city, and continue to keep the safety of pedestrians in mind. Employees of the Carlton Building very much appreciate the efforts of the Tallahassee Police Department and the Florida Highway Patrol!