In response to protesters allegedly blocking roads, the St. Petersburg Police Department announced today that it will now enforce stricter pedestrian traffic rules.
“For the safety of pedestrians and the community, St.Petersburg officers will be enforcing pedestrian traffic rules,” said a statement. “At first, officers will hand out flyers to educate and warn pedestrians, including protesters. Citations will follow later this week with a $62.50 fine.”
The department says it will now focus on the following laws:
- Must use sidewalk when possible, Florida Statute 316.130 (3)
- May not obstruct or hinder traffic, Florida Statute 316.2045 (1)
- Must obey traffic signals, Florida Statute 316.075 (1) (C) 2b
“Recent national incidents of vehicles striking protesters who were blocking roadways highlight the importance of following the law and staying clear of traffic,” said the statement. “Also, the Police Dept. has received numerous complaints about protesters blocking roads impeding traffic for emergency response and delaying citizens driving to work and other obligations.”
As of now, there’s been zero reported cases of protesters blocking roadways for emergency vehicles.
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