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Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office participated in "Operation School Zone Safety".
Results of Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office Operation School Zone Safety
From April 22
, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office participated in a state-wide campaign called "Operation School Zone Safety." The purpose of the operation was to provide a high level of patrol around area schools, reminding both pedestrians and drivers how to appropriately cross through school zones.
The Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) Task Force has released the results of Operation School Zone Safety. Among the 40 Florida counties that participated, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office issue the most warnings to speeding drivers (447), and to drivers who failed to stop for school buses (11). Deputies issued 23 citations to drivers who passed buses, 255 speeding citations and 3 citations for pedestrian violations. A total of 6 people were arrested for warrants and criminal violations.
"School zone speed limits are set lower for a reason. It's to make sure our children can safely cross the road and ensure that drivers have enough time to stop if a child were to run into the road," said Sheriff Chad Chronister. "Keeping the roads around Hillsborough County schools safe is our mission every day of the year, but I couldn't be more proud of the 378 additional hours our deputies dedicated to Operation School Zone Safety."
The following are the specific total numbers for Hillsborough County during Operation School Zone Safety:
- Warnings issued for speed: 447
- Warnings issued for passing a stopped school bus: 11
- Warnings issued for bicycle violations: 10
- Warnings issued for pedestrian violations: 20
- Citations issued for speed: 255
- Citations issued for passing a stopped school bus: 23
- Citations issued for bicycle violations: 0
- Citations issued for pedestrian violations: 3
- Total number of hours dedicated to enforcement: 378 hours 40 minutes
- Arrests for criminal violations and warrants: 6
- Social Media posts and/or sign messages: 5
- Citizen education efforts: 31