HCSO awarded grant for pedestrian safety

In an effort to protect the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a High Visibility Enforcement (HVE) operation beginning October 19, 2020, through May of 2021.
During this operation, a focus will be placed on areas throughout the county that are known for traffic crashes resulting in serious or fatal injuries to pedestrians. The locations include:
  • Brandon Road, from Kings Avenue to Valrico Road
  • US Highway 41, from Phillips Lane to Gibsonton Drive
  • Adamo Drive, from I-75 to Providence Road
  • Hillsborough Avenue, from Memorial Highway to Eisenhower Boulevard
  • Fletcher Avenue, from Nebraska Avenue to Bruce B Downs Boulevard
  • US Highway 41, from College Avenue to Shell Point Road
  • Nebraska Avenue, from Fletcher Avenue to Sears Avenue
  • US Highway 301, from Columbus Drive to Harney Canal
  • Orient Road, from Dr MLK Jr Boulevard to E Hanna Road
  • Bruce B Downs Boulevard, from E Fowler Avenue to E 131st Avenue
  • S 50th Street, from Madison Avenue to S 16th Avenue
  • N Dale Mabry Highway, from W Idlewild Avenue to W Waters Avenue
  • Waters Avenue, from Sheldon Road to Manhattan Avenue
  • W Hillsborough Avenue, from Pinellas County line to Memorial Highway
  • Dr MLK Jr Boulevard, from Lakewood Drive to Parsons Avenue
  • N Dale Mabry Highway, from Fletcher Avenue to Ehrlich Road
HVE is 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 of and compliance with traffic laws to drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists. Enforcement efforts will focus primarily on education, however, violations may result in warnings or citations depending on the circumstances.
“We are thankful for the HVE grant, which will allow us to further educate our community on the rules of the road and hopefully save lives,” said Sheriff Chad Chronister. “This operation will serve as a reminder of the responsibility we all share, whether you’re a motorist, pedestrian, or cyclist, to keep our roadways safe.”
As the program kicks off this month, Sheriff Chad Chronister is offering the following tips:
  • 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.
Video from HCSO’s 2019 High Visibility Enforcement campaign can be found by clicking the link below.