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Along the Coast: Safe Roads bicycle enforcement efforts to be visible soon

By Rich Pollack

    The South Florida Safe Roads Task Force, the driving force behind a stepped-up law enforcement effort along State Road A1A in April, will be at it again in September as it continues to promote the need for bicycles, motorists and pedestrians to safely share the road.
    This time, however, the task force is adding a Back to School Safety Fair to the police saturations along State Road A1A, which will include free bicycle helmets for children and adults and helmet fittings, as well as road safety demonstrations and giveaways.
    Supported by the Florida Department of Transportation and the Dori Slosberg Foundation, the Back to School Safety Fair will be 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 13 at Boynton Beach Oceanfront Park.
    It will feature free food and music as well as demonstrations from the Florida Highway Patrol that includes a rollover simulator and a seatbelt-convincing slide.
    “The safety fair is designed to spread awareness of road safety along State Road A1A,” says Tara Kirschner, executive director of the Dori Slosberg Foundation and a spokesperson for the task force. “Our goal is to educate motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians to help improve their own safety as well as the safety of all of those who are sharing the road.”
    The fair will follow the first of four police saturation efforts on A1A, from 7 to 9 a.m.  Police officers and sheriff’s deputies from North Broward to South Palm Beach counties will be out in force, writing warnings and citations for violations of laws designed to make roads safer for bicyclists and pedestrians.
    The other law enforcement saturations along State Road A1A are scheduled for  7 to 9 a.m. Sept. 14, and also  6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 16 and Sept. 18.

    To find out more about the September Back to School Safety Fair or about the Safe Roads Task Force, contact the Dori Slosberg Foundation, (561) 488-7900.

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