HCSO Launches High Visibility Application Program
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY – Just over a week ago, there were five crashes involving pedestrians and a motorcyclist in the Tampa Bay area. Three people were killed as a result and authorities said it was not a new problem here.
What do you want to know
- Hillsborough County ranks in the top 25 counties in Florida for traffic crashes that result in serious or fatal injury to pedestrians and cyclists.
- They have set up 24 enforcement points where there will be increased traffic patrols
- Law enforcement will be on the lookout for dangerous driving behavior
Hillsborough County ranks in the top 25 counties in Florida for traffic crashes that result in serious or fatal injury to pedestrians and cyclists.
To reverse this trend, the sheriff’s office is participating in a high-visibility enforcement program to teach people about Florida traffic laws and try to improve safety.
They set up 24 enforcement points with increased traffic patrols.
Law enforcement will be on the lookout for dangerous driving behaviors including speeding, failing to yield to pedestrians, improper turns and using cell phones while driving.
MPs will also monitor pedestrians who cross the street illegally or fail to yield to motorists who have the right of way.
Cyclists will be arrested for riding against the current, riding at night without lights or failing to obey the same laws as motor vehicles.
Where appropriate, MPs will issue warnings and citations. Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister says it’s about raising awareness to ultimately increase road safety.
Last year, more than 800 people were killed in the Greater Tampa Bay Area, according to data from Signal Four Analytics.
In 2022, this trend has increased by 28% in Hillsborough County.
Increased patrols will run until May next year.
The 24 intersections where MPs will increase traffic patrols and issue traffic tickets are:
· Fletcher Avenue, from Fletcher Regency Drive to Bruce B Downs Blvd.
Hillsborough Avenue from Standish Bend Drive to Town and Country Blvd.
US Highway 41, Ohio Street to Gibsonton Driv
Hillsborough Avenue, from Kelly Road to George Road
Brandon Road, from Kings Avenue to Valrico Road
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Williams Road to Kingsway Road
S 50th Street, Madison Avenue to Palm River Road
US Highway 301, from I-4 to the Harney Canal
Bruce B Downs Blvd., from University Square Drive to Campus Hill Drive
Bearss Avenue, from N Florida Avenue to N 12th Street
Providence Road, from Princeton Lakes Drive to Sweetridge Avenue
· US 301, from Big Bend Road to Summerfield Crossing Blvd.
Dale Mabry Highway, from W Sligh Avenue to Broad Street W
W 15th Street, from north of E Fowler Avenue to E 124th Avenue
Adamo Drive, from I-75 to Providence Road
W Hillsborough Avenue, from Pinellas County Line to Memorial Highway
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., from Mott Drive to Sumner Road
US Highway 301, from Uncle Tom Road to River Walk Court
· N US 301, from Sabal Industrial Blvd. at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. E
US Highway 41, College Avenue to 4th Avenue NW
N 56th Street, from Harney Road to E Hillsborough Avenue
Orient Road, from I-4 to the Harney Canal
N Florida Avenue, from 124th Avenue E to E Fletcher Avenue
Nebraska Avenue, from Fletcher Avenue to E 140th Avenue
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