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Traffic Safety in Sunny Isles Beach

Road Report – Friday, April 16, 2021

On Wednesday, April 14, the Sunny Isles Beach Police Department participated in a FDOT District Six Multi-Agency Enforcement Detail, along with other local law enforcement agencies. Officers focused primarily on distracted driving (as part of the ongoing FDOT Put it Down campaign), aggressive driving, red‐light running, speeding, seatbelt use, move‐over law compliance, bike/pedestrian safety compliance and general traffic safety. Educational materials provided by FDOT were distributed during the operation.

This detail resulted in:

  • 1 Arrest
  • 145 Citations
  • 53 Warnings
  • 226 Educational Contacts

View photos from the April 14 Detail at our online photo gallery.

Safety Tip of the Week: April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Talk to your teen drivers about eliminating distractions while on the road. Remind your teen that using their cell phone while driving is not only dangerous, it is against the law, and may result in a suspended license. Set a good example when you are the one driving — store your cell phone away in a bag or glove compartment.

Park Your Phone in the Pouch: We encourage all drivers to ‘Park Your Phone in the Pouch,’ whether that be in your bag, purse, glove compartment, or one of the City’s phone pouch giveaways. Need an extra pouch? Stop by the Government Center main lobby to pick one up!

Key Statistics*

Since Initiation of the Zero-Tolerance Traffic Enforcement:

  • Issued 1,973 citations
  • Responded to 88 traffic crashes**
  • 5,166,504 estimated total vehicles traveling through the City***

State and National Statistics

* Estimates are as of Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 11:59 pm.
** “Crashes” is the FDOT required technical term for all accidents, ranging from single-vehicle minor accidents, including those in parking lots, to multi-car major accidents on state roads.
*** Estimates were taken from License Plate Reader (LPR) cameras located on Collins Avenue, the William Lehman Causeway, and Sunny Isles Boulevard.

Safety Initiatives

Zero-Tolerance Traffic Enforcement – Ongoing

Initiated zero-tolerance traffic enforcement and a traffic safety educational campaign, inclusive of the safety initiatives listed below.

Collins Avenue High Visibility Enforcement Detail – February 26 – May 14

Through a contract with the University of North Florida in partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation’s focused initiative to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety, the Sunny Isles Beach Police Department is conducting a high visibility enforcement detail on Collins Avenue to increase awareness of and compliance with traffic laws that protect the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists. Learn more at sibfl.net/hve. View photos from the February 26 Detail at our online photo gallery.

On 2/26, the SIBPD provided educational contact to:

  • 451 Pedestrians
  • 63 Bicyclists
  • 87 Motorists

Increased Police Presence on 163 Street / Sunny Isles Boulevard – Ongoing

The Sunny Isles Beach Police Department has increased officer and patrol presence on 163 Street / Sunny Isles Boulevard. Officers will continue to conduct traffic stops for red-light runners, speeding, reckless driving and additional moving violations.

Hosted a Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Forum with FDOT & Miami-Dade County – Thursday, March 25, 2021

On Thursday, March 25, we hosted a Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety Forum where residents shared their questions, comments, and concerns with City, County and State representatives. We look forward to evaluating the ideas discussed and working with FDOT to prioritize the viable options.

Hosted a School Safety Night at NSE/SIB K-8 School – Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Sergeant Estevez spoke to NSE/SIB K-8 students and their parents about pedestrian and bicycle safety at a School Safety Night event on Tuesday, March 23, 2021.

Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow Digital Media Campaign – March 2021

The Sunny Isles Beach Police Department is a partner in the Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow campaign. The campaign is a focused effort that aims to increase awareness of pedestrians and bicycles on roadways and sidewalks. You can find campaign messaging on our Facebook and Twitter social media pages, or by visiting alerttodayflorida.com.

Distracted Driving Digital Media Campaign – Ongoing

The Sunny Isles Beach Police Department is a partner in the Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) Put it Down Distracted Driving Awareness Campaign. The campaign is a focused effort to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving. You can find campaign messaging on our Facebook and Twitter social media pages, or by visiting fdotmiamidade.com/putitdown.

Traffic Safety Tips

Please review these guidelines to ensure a safer experience in Sunny Isles Beach for residents and visiting pedestrians, cyclists and vehicular traffic. The speed limit on both state roads, Collins Avenue and Sunny Isles Boulevard, is 35 miles per hour. The speed limit on all side streets in the City is 20 miles per hour. At designated times, in school zones, the speed limit is enforced at 15 miles per hour.

 On the Road

  • Remember: pedestrians always have the right-of-way
  • Use caution when turning and look both ways to ensure a pedestrian is not in a crosswalk
  • When the pedestrian crossing light is flashing, vehicles MUST stop; it’s the law
    • Keep in mind that a pedestrian crosswalk may be mid-block, not only at intersections
  • Vehicles must come to a complete stop in both directions when a school bus is stopped with flashing lights
  • No stopping or standing is permitted in driving lanes
  • Always wear a seat belt in the car
  • Do not text while operating a motor vehicle. Distracted driving is dangerous and texting while driving is illegal. Florida Statute 316.305 allows law enforcement to stop motor vehicles and issue citations to motorists that are texting while driving. 
  • Florida Statute 316.306 prohibits the use of wireless communication devices in a handheld manner in school and work zones. An active work zone means that construction personnel are present or are operating equipment on the road or immediately adjacent to the work zone area. 

On the Sidewalk

  • Never assume a vehicle will stop for you; do not rely on drivers to see you
  • Walk on sidewalks and do not leave the curb suddenly
  • Cross at intersections with traffic lights featuring a lighted ‘walking person’
  • City Ordinance 2014-432 prohibits skateboards and hoverboards on sidewalks along Collins Avenue and Sunny Isles Boulevard

On a Bicycle

  • Bicyclists may ride from Heritage Park in the north end of the City to Gateway Park in the south with only a short traverse onto Collins Avenue near Publix
  • Always wear a bike helmet properly
  • To be more visible to motorists use front and back flashing lights
  • Use hand signals when turning or slowing to a stop
  • While bicycles should have the right-of-way, make eye contact with drivers to understand their intentions

What’s New

North Bay Road Pedestrian Bridge & Gateway Pedestrian Bridge

  • These two bridges provide alternative routes to walking on the busy Collins Avenue and Sunny Isles Boulevard.

Government Center Pedestrian Crosswalk

  • This mid-block, signalized crosswalk allows easy access to safely traverse Collins Avenue. In the future, the City plans to construct two pedestrian bridges over Collins Avenue.

The Meaning of Pedestrian Signals 

If you wish to cross the street, you must push the crosswalk button and wait for the walking person signal before crossing.

Walking person symbol

  • Stays on about 7 to 15 seconds
  • ACTION: Walk briskly across the crosswalk.

Flashing hand symbol

  • Counts down by seconds
  • ACTION: Consider where you are before you take action. If you are in the middle of the crosswalk, keep walking briskly. If you are standing on the curb, stop. DO NOT start crossing; wait for the next walk signal. The flashing red hand tells you there is not enough time to begin walking.

NON-flashing hand symbol

  • Wait for the Walking Person signal to flash. Your safety is worth a few seconds more of wait time.