Enhanced Traffic Enforcement in Full Swing – Fatalities on the Increase
HERNANDO – Traffic Enforcement Deputies with the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office are conducting operations this week, in an effort to promote safe driving, cite motorists who violate the law, and remove individuals who shouldn’t be driving at all.
According to the latest statistics, 5 people have died as a result of traffic accidents in Hernando County, since the beginning of 2016. Sadly, if not for today’s tragedy on Ivydale Road, the number would have been one less (Fatal Crash). That number is down from last year, at 6 deaths during the same period of time; however, overall deaths in 2015 were up compared to 2014, with a total of 35 vs 20 the prior year.
Another factor that may have played a role in the increased fatality rate, is the number of Traffic Deputies, actively performing their duties in traffic enforcement. According to some deputies, who wished not to be identified, the slump in new hires with the agency, cause traffic deputies to be called away to other calls – unrelated to traffic enforcement.
Sheriff’s Office Spokesperson, Denise Moloney, says “We continually seek, and attempt to recruit, the most qualified applicants to fill the position of Hernando County Deputy Sheriff. It is our desire to not only hire, but to retain, competent and qualified individuals to uphold the laws of the state and to keep our citizens safe. “
During a ceremony last month, Sheriff Al Nienhuis swore in several new civilian and sworn employees. According to Moloney, “We continue to make it a priority to recruit, screen, and hire qualified applicants to fill vacant positions within the agency.”
Deputies will continue their enhanced operations, to try and stop those committing moving and non-moving violations.
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