Efforts continue to improve pedestrian safety

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office remains committed to conducting a High Visibility Enforcement (HVE) operation to better-educated pedestrians and motorists in high volume traffic areas with a history of motor vehicle crashes.
Since launching an operation on October 19, 2020, HCSO has dedicated more than 1,100 hours to HVE. As of February 2, 2021, deputies have made contact with 1,653 pedestrians, 723 bicyclists, and 1,214 motorists providing educational materials on pedestrian safety.

Warnings have been issued to 629 pedestrians, 199 bicyclists, and 1,165 motorists. Citations have been issued to 166 motorists and three bicyclists.

HVE is funded through a contract with the University of North Florida in partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation.
“The primary purpose of this contract is to educate the public,” said Sheriff Chad Chronister. “We don’t want to see citizens lose their lives due to speeding or a failure to obey laws regarding pedestrians. We hope this operation will help remind both pedestrians and motorists that it takes both parties following the rules in order to keep our roadways safe.”
The HVE Operation will run through May of 2021.