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Cape Coral Police Department Begins Bike-Ped Enforcement Operations

(March 6, 2015)-  After months of preparation and thousands of miles ridden in training, Cape Coral Police Officers will take to the streets this weekend on bicycles and in cars in the first of many High Visibility Enforcement (HVE) operations focusing on bicycle and pedestrian safety.

The funding for these operations is provided through a grant from the Florida Department of Transportation for High Visibility Enforcement addressing pedestrian and bicycle safety.

Officers will target areas of the city where bicycle and pedestrian traffic is prevalent and will distribute educational materials, issue warnings and/or citations to pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists who commit violation of Florida statutes.  The main objective of this effort is to reduce traffic crashes and fatalities involving pedestrians and bicyclists through the use of selective traffic education and enforcement operations.

This campaign is a component of Florida's Bicycle/Pedestrian Focused Initiative Communication & High Visibility Enforcement Implementation under the direction of the Florida Department of Transportation and the University of South Florida.

The Cape Coral Police Department wants to remind you that:

  • Pedestrians should always walk on the sidewalk and if no sidewalk, walk facing traffic.
  • Pedestrians and bicyclists should not wear headphones or talk on their cell phones.  
  • Pedestrians and bicyclists should cross streets at marked crosswalks or intersections when possible and obey traffic signals such as WALK/DON'T WALK signs.
  • Bicyclists should have their bicycle equipped with a white light on the front visible from a distance of 500 feet and a red light visible from a distance of 600 feet, between sunset and sunrise during operation.
  • Bicyclists operating on the roadway are subject to obeying all traffic control devices to include stop signs and lighted traffic signals.
  • Bicyclists operating upon a sidewalk or crosswalk shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian.

Some unsafe driver behavior associated with pedestrian and bicycle violations, crashes and fatalities include:

  • Speeding (5 MPH can make the difference between types of injuries)
  • Failure to stop for red lights or stop signs
  • Failure to yield to pedestrians and bicyclists
  • Distracted driving
  • Blocking crosswalks
  • Turning on permitted light (green signal) but not looking for pedestrian properly crossing in crosswalk -Right and Left turn crashes with pedestrian.

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CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT | Public Affairs Office | 1100 Cultural Park Boulevard | Cape Coral, FL 33990 | (239) 242-3341

SW Florida Theft Ring Busted

(March 5, 2015)-  An investigation into some stolen vehicles has turned into an investigation involving cases all over Southwest Florida. 

This investigation was initiated by the Cape Coral Police Detectives  but quickly became a multi-jurisdictional investigation involving the Lee County Sheriff's Office, Punta Gorda Police Department, and Charlotte County Sheriff's Office.  Florida Highway Patrol Troop F, assisted CCPD Detectives in apprehending these suspects as they attempted to take two jet skis and two ATVs, that had been stolen out of Punta Gorda, across Alligator Alley heading to Miami.  

Lee County Sheriff's Office Investigators assisted Cape Coral Police Detectives by continuing the investigation in Cape Coral and it was quickly determined that theses suspects have been involved in several Grand Thefts across the jurisdictions mentioned above.

The investigation is ongoing at this time and additional charges are pending.

ARRESTED: Yadiel Valera, W/M, DOB: 12-26-1989, of 3351 SW 139 St Miami FL 33175. CHARGES: Grand Theft

ARRESTED: Yadiel Valera, W/M, DOB: 12-26-1989, of 3351 SW 139 St Miami FL 33175.
CHARGES: Grand Theft

ARRESTED: Carlos Orlando Manrique, W/M, DOB: 01-04-1984, of 3753 NE 13th Ave Cape Coral FL 33909. CHARGED: Grand Theft, Driving with a Suspended License

ARRESTED: Carlos Orlando Manrique, W/M, DOB: 01-04-1984, of 3753 NE 13th Ave Cape Coral FL 33909.
CHARGED: Grand Theft, Driving with a Suspended License

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CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT | Public Affairs Office | 1100 Cultural Park Boulevard | Cape Coral, FL 33990 | (239) 242-3341

First Click It or Ticket Campaign for 2015 Starting Soon

(February 27, 2015)-  The Cape Coral Police Department wants to remind drivers to buckle their seat belts.  The first "Click It or Ticket" campaign of 2015 is about to start.  Starting March 2, 2015 and running through March 13, 2015, Cape Coral Police are joining with law enforcement agencies all over the state and will be focusing on enforcing seatbelt use.  Officers will be looking for seatbelt violations as primary offenses and will be issuing tickets instead of warnings to drivers who don't buckle up, or who don't have their passengers properly restrained.

"Seat belts save lives.  Click It or Ticket helps us to raise awareness among drivers and remind them to get in the habit of buckling their seatbelt and making sure their passengers are properly restrained."- Det. Sergeant Dana Coston, Cape Coral Police Department Public Affairs Officer.

Florida Safety Belt Law

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CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT | Public Affairs Office | 1100 Cultural Park Boulevard | Cape Coral, FL 33990 | (239) 242-3341