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Traffic Tuesday - Florida Move Over Act

Traffic Tuesday - Florida Move Over Act

(November 13, 2018)-  Traffic Tuesday! For this Traffic Tuesday we will be focusing on the Florida Move Over Act.

Florida State Statute 316.126 covers operation of vehicles on approach of an authorized emergency, sanitation, or utility service vehicle.

When you are approaching an authorized emergency vehicle, displaying any visual signals is parked on the roadside, you must:

  1. Vacate the lane closest to the emergency vehicle, sanitation vehicle, utility service vehicle, or wrecker when driving on a road with two or more lanes except when otherwise directed by a law enforcement officer.

  2. If such movement cannot be safely accomplished, the driver shall reduce speed. Shall slow to a speed that is 20 miles per hour less than the posted speed limit when the posted speed limit is 25 miles per hour or greater; or travel at 5 miles per hour when the posted speed limit is 20 miles per hour or less.

A violation of the Move Over Act is a noncriminal traffic infraction, punishable as a moving violation.

REMINDER: If you have traffic concerns, you can submit them here: www.capecops.com/traffic. Your will be routed directly to the Traffic Unit for follow-up. Please be as detailed as possible to include things like days of week, times you are seeing the issue, or specific cars (if it is a particular vehicle with which you are having an issue).

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

Traffic Tuesday - Stop for a Stopped School Bus!

Traffic Tuesday - Stop for a Stopped School Bus!

(November 6, 2018)-  Traffic Tuesday! For this Traffic Tuesday we will be focusing on School Bus Safety…..AGAIN.

It is unfortunate that we have to put this information out for the fourth time this school year but this is in part due to the tragic incident in Indiana that left three young children dead after a vehicle failed to stop for a school bus loading children. Another reason is the video below, which is from a student on a school bus is Cape Coral that is recording incidents where a vehicle drove by a stopped school bus at a high rate of speed on two separate occasions within the same week. PLEASE use caution, be aware of your surroundings, get off your mobile device, and stop for a stopped school bus!

We want to educate everyone to the dangers of failing to stop for a stopped school bus. School Bus Safety Week was October 22 - 26, 2018, and the Cape Coral Police Department released two educational social media posts.

Here is a recap of the previous Public Service Announcement and social media posts:

The Cape Coral Police Department and Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles explain the safety measures involving school buses.

With Cape Coral schools starting session tomorrow the Cape Coral Police Department wants to make sure people are aware of some school bus safety tips. 

Florida school buses carry precious cargo – our children. Motorists should always be alert and drive with caution around school buses and in school zones where children may be present like schools, bus stops, school buses and school parking lots. Parents should also go over safety tips with their children to make sure they are safe on and around school buses and school zones.

School Bus Safety Tips for Motorists

  • Be alert and watch for children especially near schools, bus stops, school buses and in school parking lots.

  • Children on bicycles can be unpredictable and can make sudden changes in direction. Be especially careful when children are present in school zones and residential areas.

  • Pay extra attention to lower speed limits in school zones.

  • Watch for and obey signals from school crossing guards.

  • Only drive or park in authorized areas to drop off or pick up children at school.

  • Motorists are required to stop when approaching a school bus that is stopped with its red lights flashing and STOP arms extended. (See the different situations in the diagram below)

  • All drivers moving in either direction on a two-way street must stop for a school bus displaying a stop signal, and must remain stopped until the road is clear of children AND the school bus stop arm is withdrawn. (see diagram, TWO-LANE)

  • On a highway divided by a paved median, all drivers moving in either direction must stop for a school bus displaying a stop signal, and must remain stopped until the road is clear of children AND the school bus stop arm is withdrawn. (see diagram, MULTI-LANE)

  • The only time traffic approaching an oncoming school bus does not need to stop, is if there is a raised barrier such as a concrete divider or at least five feet of unpaved space separating the lanes of traffic. (see diagram, DIVIDED HIGHWAY)

  • On a highway divided by a raised barrier or an unpaved median at least 5 feet wide, drivers moving in the opposite direction do not have to stop for the bus (painted lines or pavement markings are not considered barriers). However, these motorists should slow down and watch for students loading or unloading from the bus. (see diagram, DIVIDED HIGHWAY)

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Penalties for passing stopped school bus include:

  • Moving violation subject to citation;

  • Requirement to complete a basic Driver Improvement Course upon conviction;

  • Four points on your driver license; and

  • Minimum fine of $165, if you pass on the side where children enter and exit, you will receive a minimum fine of $265.

  • Florida State Statute 316.172

On July 1, 2017, the Cameron Mayhew Act took effect in Florida, which increases the minimum penalty for drivers who illegally pass a stopped school bus, resulting in the injury or death of another person. Cameron Mayhew was killed by a motorist that failed to stop as he was walking to his stopped school bus in 2016.

Penalties for passing a stopped school bus that causes or results in the serious bodily injury or the death of another person include:

  • Serving 120 community service hours in a trauma center or hospital;

  • Participating in a victim’s impact panel session, or if such a panel does not exist, attending a DHSMV approved driver improvement course;

  • Six points on your driver license;

  • Suspension of license for a minimum of one year; and

  • $1,500 fine.

School Bus Safety Tips for Parents and Children

  • Arrive at the bus stop with about five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive.

  • At bus stops, children should wait in a safe place away from the road. Never sit on the roadway or curb while waiting for your bus.

  • Make sure your children know their bus driver’s name and bus number.

  • Tell children to never speak to strangers at the bus stop or get into the car with a stranger. Children should tell parents, the bus driver and a teacher at school if a stranger tries to talk to them or pick them up.

  • Children should never walk behind a bus and should stay away from bus wheels at all times. When the bus stops, children should wait for the driver’s signal that it is safe to cross the road or board the bus.

  • Children should look both ways before crossing the street- look left, right and left again. Tell them to make eye contact to make sure the bus driver can see them as they cross the street.

  • On the bus, children should remain seated at all times and keep the aisle clear. Tell children not to put their head, hands or arms out the window.

  • Remind children to stop talking and remain silent when the bus comes to a railroad crossing so the driver can hear if a train is approaching.

  • Children should avoid any loud or disruptive behavior that could distract the bus driver from safely operating the bus.

  • Refer to the official Florida Driver License Handbook for more information on school bus safety.

REMINDER: If you have traffic concerns, you can submit them here: www.capecops.com/traffic. Your will be routed directly to the Traffic Unit for follow-up. Please be as detailed as possible to include things like days of week, times you are seeing the issue, or specific cars (if it is a particular vehicle with which you are having an issue).

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

Traffic Tuesday - Cigarette Littering

Traffic Tuesday - Cigarette Littering

(October 30, 2018)-  Traffic Tuesday! For this Traffic Tuesday we will be focusing on disposing of cigarettes improperly from your vehicle.

Yes, that is littering! It can also cost you $100 or even an arrest.

Under Florida State Statute 403.413, any person who dumps litter in an amount not exceeding 15 pounds in weight or 27 cubic feet in volume and not for commercial purposes is guilty of a noncriminal infraction, punishable by a civil penalty of $100. This will apply to a cigarette that is not lit.

Under Florida State Statute 590.10 “Disposing of lighted substances” It is unlawful for any person to throw, drop, or dispose of a lighted match, cigarette, cigar, ashes, or other flaming or glowing substance, or any substance or thing which may or does cause a wildfire. Anyone who violates this section commits a misdemeanor of the first degree.

This means that if you throw a lit cigarette out of your vehicle you may be arrested! There is a very valid concern for wildfires to occur when throwing out a lit cigarette out of your vehicle. You don’t have to be in a forest for this to happen. Cape Coral Police and Cape Coral Fire Department have responded to several fires in medians, yards, empty lots, etc., that were caused by lit cigarettes.

Besides the fact that littering looks horrible, it is bad for the environment. There are people that think cigarette butts are biodegradable and that’s NOT true. Cigarette butts actually contain a type of plastic and is like any other form of plastic in the environment that it never really fully breaks down. This can can lead to water and air pollution. This causes problems for the environment and for the people and animals who live in it.

Keep an appropriate disposal device in your vehicle to get rid of your cigarettes properly. Do NOT throw them out of your vehicle!

REMINDER: If you have traffic concerns, you can submit them here: www.capecops.com/traffic. Your will be routed directly to the Traffic Unit for follow-up. Please be as detailed as possible to include things like days of week, times you are seeing the issue, or specific cars (if it is a particular vehicle with which you are having an issue).

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