Orlando police, Orange County deputies launch 'Best Foot Forward'

By David Bodden, Reporter
Last Updated: Wednesday, February 07, 2018, 5:44 AM EST

On Wednesday, the Orlando Police department and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office will be teaming up to crack down on drivers who do not yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.

  • Operation Best Foot Forward starts Wednesday
  • Drivers who don't yield to pedestrians may face a $164 ticket
  • Since operation started, almost 7,500 citations, warning issued

The project called Operation Best Foot Forward is designed to enforce Florida's driver yield law.

Many say this operation is needed. In fact, last year, there were 60 reported pedestrian fatalities in Orange County alone. That is the deadliest year on record for people just crossing the street.

During the operation, motorists can expect undercover officers will be crossing the streets at marked crosswalks. Drivers who do not yield to them could face a fine of $164 and three points on their license.

Since Florida's Best Foot Forward efforts went into effect, nearly 7,500 citations and warnings have been issued.

More than 50 crosswalks are being monitored by more than 300 law enforcement details.

This first effort will begin Wednesday at 7 a.m. and it is near Eagle's Nest Elementary School.