By Michael Grandinetti, Interim Police Chief
(Friday, November 5, 2021) – Safety is at the forefront of everything we do, especially pedestrian safety. I have been with the Sunny Isles Beach Police Department for 23 years and have witnessed firsthand the growth and development on our streets. I’ve seen how, over the last 20 years, drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians have become more distracted and more reckless.
In an ongoing effort to enhance safety on and off the roads, we are working closely with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to make significant improvements for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists. FDOT recently installed ‘No Turn on Red’ and ‘Yield to Pedestrians’ flashing signs at Collins Avenue and 172 Street, 174 Street and 183 Street. They also installed flashing lights and radar speed signs on westbound Sunny Isles Boulevard, and pavement speed limit markers on each eastbound lane on Sunny Isles Boulevard just west of the pedestrian signal light.
Our department installed five solar-powered, FDOT- approved radar speed signs to remind drivers of the speed limit and warn them of their own speed on Collins Avenue. In October, we conducted traffic enforcement details at multiple traffic-heavy locations on Sunny Isles Boulevard and Collins Avenue providing enforcement and education to those on the road and on the sidewalk. We plan to conduct these regularly to supplement our already increased officer and patrol presence.
Additionally, on October 26, we joined forces with FDOT and the University of Miami to host a Bike and Pedestrian Safety Presentation at the NSE SIB K-8 School where we provided educational resources on how to be a safe driver, bicyclist and pedestrian.
We continue to prioritize the safety of our residents and visitors above all else. You can read about all the traffic measures the SIBPD is taking to keep residents safe at sibfl.net/trafficsafety.