Traffic Tip Tuesday 09-22-15

The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit would like to remind you that distracted driving can cause crashes.

Traffic Tip Tuesday 09-22-15

Texting and driving is a citable offense and takes the drivers attention off of the road. If you need to use your phone while you drive use a hands free system.

The best course of action is to pay attention to the road while you are driving and use your phone when you have arrived at your destination. Drive safely!

Traffic Crash with Road Obstruction 09-16-15

County Line Road and Farnsworth

Entire Road is BLOCKED (both directions)

Please use Spring Hill Drive to travel East/West

Please avoid the area or expect delays until the roadway can be cleared (usually about 30 – 45 minutes).

For a real-time look at Hernando County Traffic Accidents and Responses – please visit the following link: http://www.hernandosheriff.org/applications/cadinternetportal/

TRAFFIC TIP TUESDAY 09-15-15

The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit would like to take this opportunity to remind parents to talk to your children about walking or riding their bike to school or the bus stop.

If your child is riding a Bike:

1. Always wear a bicycle helmet.
2. Ride on the right, in the same direction as auto traffic.
3. Respect traffic lights and stop signs.
4. Wear bright colored clothing.
5. If riding during darkness, make sure that the bicycle is equipped with the proper light/reflectors.
6. Do not ride with headphones on.

If your child is walking:

1. Make sure that your child knows the safest route possible to school/bus stop.
2. Look both ways before crossing the street (left, right, left).
3. Respect traffic lights and stop signs.
4. Wear bright colored clothing.
5. If walking during darkness, carry a flash light to be visible to motorists.
6. Stay out of the roadway. Wait off of the road for the bus.
7. Do not walk with headphones on.

The Traffic Unit will be out to help educate students to be as safe as possible, however we need parents and guardians help to spread this message to keep our children as safe as possible. For motorists we ask that you remember that children are back to school. Drive the posted speed limit, stop for stopped school busses and keep an eye out for children travelling to and from school. DRIVE SAFE!

****SPECIAL GIVEAWAY****
On Saturday, Oct. 10, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office will team up with AMSCOT, 19422 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, to giveaway free bike helmets to Hernando County children. The helmets will be given away on first come, first serve basis.

TRAFFIC TIP TUESDAY 08-09-2-15

Sergeant Matt Lillibridge and the Traffic Deputies want to take a moment to provide the following information…..

TRAFFIC TIP TUESDAY 08-09-2-15

Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death among those aged 1 – 54 in the United States. More than 2.2 million adult drivers and passengers were treated in emergency departments as a result of being injured in motor vehicle crashes in 2012. Seat belt use and child safety seat and belt use are the most effective way to save lives and reduce injuries in crashes. Florida drivers currently rank above the National average for seat belt use (National seat belt use – 86%, Florida seat belt use – 87%), but just barely. We would like everyone to take a moment before you drive make sure that everyone in the vehicle is properly buckled up. Not only is it the law, but you just might save a life by doing so. DRIVE SAFE!

Traffic Tip Tuesday is a weekly post designed to educate our citizens and to increase traffic safety. Florida Statute has numerous traffic violations, and each week only one tip can be covered.

Hernando County deputies are very proactive in traffic enforcement. In 2014 Hernando County traffic fatalities were lower than 2013.

Members of the Traffic Unit conduct traffic enforcement each and every day throughout the county, unfortunately not every violation can be witnessed by a deputy. For this reason, traffic tips are posted to provide education in an attempt to make our roadways safer.

If you have a traffic complaint, please contact our office at 352-754-6830 to have a unit dispatched to the area. Thank you.

Traffic Tip Tuesday 09-01-15

The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office has recently added automated tag readers to our Traffic Unit.

Traffic Tip Tuesday 09-01-15

These devices can read hundreds of vehicle tags a minute and alert the deputy to stolen vehicles, expired tags, suspended driver’s licenses and even wanted persons.

This means, if you have a suspended driver’s license we will eventually catch you regardless of how well you are driving.

If your driver’s license is not valid, let someone else drive. Take care of your license and drive safely.

TRAFFIC TIP TUESDAY 08-25-15

Sergeant Matt Lillibridge and the Traffic Deputies want to take a moment to provide the following information…..

The National Labor Day Campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, is currently under way. Law enforcement will be stepping up DUI enforcement efforts through September 7th.
Don’t drink and drive.

TRAFFIC TIP TUESDAY 08-25-15

Traffic Tip Tuesday is a weekly post designed to educate our citizens and to increase traffic safety. Florida Statute has numerous traffic violations, and each week only one tip can be covered.

Hernando County deputies are very proactive in traffic enforcement. In 2014 Hernando County traffic fatalities were lower than 2013.

Members of the Traffic Unit conduct traffic enforcement each and every day throughout the county, unfortunately not every violation can be witnessed by a deputy. For this reason, traffic tips are posted to provide education in an attempt to make our roadways safer.

If you have a traffic complaint, please contact our office at 352-754-6830 to have a unit dispatched to the area. Thank you.

Back to School Traffic Safety

“Our young people will soon be starting school. More children than ever will be walking to and from school this year due to the end of courtesy busing,” said Sheriff Al Nienhuis. “This will require every driver to be even more careful as we drive the hours before or after school. Keeping our youngest and most vulnerable citizens safe as they make their way to and from school is everyone’s responsibility. My deputies will be out in force during the first week of school to ensure that everyone gets safely into the routine of another school year.”

The first week of school consistently produces increased pedestrian traffic, as well as vehicular traffic, on the Hernando County roadways. Drivers should be mindful of the following:

– Many students will be walking and/or riding bicycles to school along the sidewalks and county roadways
– Parents should ensure that children who ride bicycles wear properly fitting helmets
– Expect heavy traffic back-ups in school zones
– Parents should have children ride school buses when bus routes are available – alleviating unnecessary traffic in school zones
– Motorists should avoid school zones if at all possible
– Be patient and drive carefully
– The first few weeks of school are always extra busy so leave plenty of time to travel
– When a school bus stops and the red lights are flashing – traffic approaching from either direction is required to stop
– Reduce or eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings
– Put down the phone
– Do not text and drive
– If you have any type of emergency or get into an accident, call 9-1-1 immediately
o tell the operator the location of the emergency
o answer all of the questions appropriately
o emergency vehicles are dispatched immediately – answering the dispatcher’s questions does not delay the response.