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Enforcement efforts will focus primarily of education for drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists.
High Visibility Enforcement to Improve Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety:
Hillsborough County ranks in the top 25 counties in the state for traffic crashes resulting in serious and fatal injuries to pedestrians and bicyclists.
In an effort to protect the safety of these most vulnerable road users, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office will conduct High Visibility Enforcement Details (HVE) from September 4, 2018 to May 17, 2019 and will focus on the following four corridors: Fletcher Ave. between Bruce B Downs Blvd. and Nebraska Ave., Waters Ave. between Himes Ave. and Sheldon Rd., Sheldon Rd. between Hillsborough Ave. and Linebaugh Ave., Brandon Blvd. between Gornto Lake and Valrico Rd. These areas are over-represented in traffic crashes resulting in serious and fatal injuries to pedestrians and bicyclists.
HVE details are funded 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 goal of this enforcement effort is to increase awareness and compliance with traffic laws that protect the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists.
Enforcement efforts will focus primarily of education for drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists. However, violations may result in warnings or citations depending on the circumstances.
- Drivers – Obey speed limits, never drive impaired and always watch for pedestrians and bicyclists.
- Bicyclists – Obey traffic laws, ride in the direction of traffic and use lights when riding at night.
- Pedestrians – Cross in crosswalks or at intersections, obey pedestrian signals and make sure you are visible to drivers when walking at night.