GPD releases Gator STEP data

Press release from Gainesville Police Department

The following data reflects the increased presence of the Gainesville Police Department on roads that border the University of Florida. This data is part of GPD’s Gator STEP (Special Traffic Enforcement Program) that was initiated on January 18, 2021 and reflects traffics stops, citations, and tickets issued through February 8, 2021.

As this data indicates, speeding on West University Avenue is the largest infraction among drivers. To assist our efforts to help mitigate speeding, GPD will continue its increased presence on West University Avenue and the other roads that surround the University of Florida, rigorously enforcing traffic and pedestrian laws.

Moving forward, GPD will release its Gator STEP data every Monday afternoon to media outlets and the public. Preventing traffic and pedestrian accidents is a community-wide effort, and GPD asks all of our neighbors to assist us in sharing this information.

  • Who knew???
    I’m curious about how much we’ve defunded our police since last spring? I don’t see them out there in the usual places the way I used to. My heart breaks for the families of these students who were hit and killed. As a cyclist, I see things from both perspectives. It’s scary out there on our roads. Drivers get frustrated because the lights seem to be rigged against them. Our artery roads are getting more and more choked. Still, we all need to be very focused, careful and considerate when we are driving, especially near campus.

  • Kind of curious what the “other” is? Texting while driving perhaps? The data sheet doesn’t really specify what the warnings were issued for either.
    I for one would also like to know the age groups for those pulled over. If data can show a certain population is causing an increase in Covid infections, data can also be used to show which age group is more likely to be driving while distracted.
    If it is as many believe, perhaps city leadership should implement a program while driving throughout the city that will prevent individuals from having the ability to text and drive. Kind of like forcing a business to enforce their masks mandates.

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