State and Local Agencies Launch Initiative to Help Visibility on Roads

Posted at 5:35 PM, Nov 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-30 17:35:00-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) -Wednesday, several state and local agencies announced the launch of a new initiative to make sure there's more visibility on the roads.

It might be hard to see, but that's the point: visibility is a key concern for bicyclists and pedestrians.

Alert Tonight Florida will focus on improving safety throughout the state for pedestrians and bicyclists.

"There's people that ride all the time. They know that they should have lights on there, and there's other times where people don't ride very much at all. And they don't know that they're supposed to have lights on their bikes," said Major Jim Russell, deputy chief of the FSU Police Department. "So, educating them and making them understand that -- not only is it required by law, but it's going to make them safer, sometimes, them just knowing the information is going to make them that much safer."

The Tallahassee Police Department, along with campus police at FSU and FAMU, say they'll work closely with local cycling groups and promote safety tips through social media.