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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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  • Paul, the law was changed in 2005. Chapter F.S. 316.155 says that signals are required. Perhaps you should read the statutes.

    Friday, 4 March 2016, 3:58 pm
  • Just an FYI for you “Florida” residents, in the state of Flcrida directional signal lights are not the “LAW” but a courtesy if the driver chooses to use it. Read your Florida Statutes.

    Friday, 4 March 2016, 5:18 am
  • DUB I agree with you. If it is about safety why use a pickup truck for radar? Because if you see a cop car you will slow down. But using a pickup truck you will stay at that speed so more money for this corrupt county. So if you kill someone before you pass that truck radar it must be ok with the county.

    Thursday, 3 March 2016, 6:45 pm
  • to the “The advocate”
    Put your seat belt on… Or are U 2 FAT!
    you can get a pardon from a doctor for that, but unfortunately, not for stupidity

    Wednesday, 2 March 2016, 11:30 pm
  • When I got my license a few years ago, the driver’s manual taught that when you’re turning onto a 4-lane road (2 lanes in both directions), it’s legal to turn onto either the left or right lane. So according to that, you don’t have to turn onto the lane closest to you, in other words if you’re turning right onto SHD off Mariner by the Shell station, either the left or right lane is a legal turn.

    Now, if you’re in a turning lane and there are 2 turning lanes, you’d have to stay in your turning lane, not cross-over into the one next to you.

    Wednesday, 2 March 2016, 4:29 pm
  • Change the speed limits…..use common sense….45 mph on spring hill dr….it should be 35 mph…..heavily populated roadway….duuuh…then 50 where all the stores are should be 35…not 55….smh…more incompetent deputies won’t help…

    Wednesday, 2 March 2016, 2:42 pm
  • Speed limit on Elgin from Deltona to Mariner is 35, not 40, yes cops always there, have seen one accident in 5 yrs there However glad they are out there, don’t speed, use turn signals, and changet lanes as taught in drivers ed Never had a ticket or been stopped ever. Insurance rates in Florida are higher than in New York, found that out this morning while paying my very high insurance, Slow down people and drive responsibky.

    Wednesday, 2 March 2016, 1:31 pm
  • There on Deltona just short of Century drive today!

    Wednesday, 2 March 2016, 1:28 pm
  • I bet you guys wrote all that while driving smfh N.E

    Wednesday, 2 March 2016, 8:49 am
  • No I didn’t get a ticket. But almost every accident you see is on Spring Hill Dr or mariner on this News Post. I drove through the speed trap on Elgin and the Officers were dressed like Bug Control employees with a radar gun in a 40 MPH zone. I have lived here 14 years and I have never seen an accident in that area. The speed limit goes up from 40 to 45 and everyone would be increasing there speed there.

    Wednesday, 2 March 2016, 4:08 am
  • Oh and whats up with the drivers here flying up on your ass tail gating you. They do this all the time and I am going the speed limit. Its like there going to a fire. I always say their in a hurry to go no where.

    Wednesday, 2 March 2016, 12:03 am
  • LINDA GRIM best comment! Thats a big problem here in spring hill. Where I am from in ohio, when you take your drivers test they see if you know that and give tickets for that. Everyone here seems to do that and when I tell others you are to turn into your closest lane then signal to get over they seem to have never heard it before. Not to mention they speed up when they do it and about run you over. If the cops just sat at intersections they could ticket all day for this..

    Tuesday, 1 March 2016, 11:58 pm
  • Global where law passed if going 10 under posted in left lane $60 ticket don’t know when goes into enforcement

    Tuesday, 1 March 2016, 11:42 pm
  • I agree @Linda grim but, I see the police doing the same thing all the time, no turn signals, and when you turn left or right onto Any road , It’s lane to lane, don’t cross 2 to 3 lanes when turning!, stay in your lane, then signal, and change lanes!, it’s the law Mr. cop!, and Mr. & Mrs. licensed driver !

    Tuesday, 1 March 2016, 9:36 pm
  • Do you really think that hiring new Deputies to keep the citizens safe is a top priority for Neinhuis. Yeah right, all he’s concerned about that him and his staff have new cars every year. Trust me he’s blowing smoke up your a** like he always does. Ask him how many arrests he made during fourth of July when people were lighting off fireworks. He promised there would be arrests for that. Well guess what, there were none and I sure as hell seen lots of fireworks that night.

    Ohhh yeah he had to promote some people to Lieutenant to watch the sargeants during the night so that also causes less Deputies on the road. It’s time for change, lets get rid of Neinhuis and his staff!

    Tuesday, 1 March 2016, 8:32 pm
  • Good to see law enforcement on mariner this afternoon.

    Tuesday, 1 March 2016, 8:04 pm
  • Also the Sheriff’s office told on themselves with mentioning budget issues/ revenue generating. We’re not fooled .

    Tuesday, 1 March 2016, 7:46 pm
  • I have no problem with them giving speeding tickets. What I have a problem with is where they give them. Spring Hill drive/ raceway is where you need to give them. How about Mariner or on Sunshine Grove in the school zones, not on 19 north of 50 or near WPA road and 50. And for heaven’s sake , literally Brooksville Police Department stop giving tickets on Sunday morning for going 41 in a 35 near the old Greyhound Bus station approaching the courthouse. Common sense law enforcement is all I’m asking for

    Tuesday, 1 March 2016, 7:44 pm
  • There should be a LOT of people getting pulled over now…..I’m one of the few people here that always signals, comes to a complete stop, and doesn’t speed.

    Tuesday, 1 March 2016, 7:03 pm
  • DUB, Your an ass. What’s the matter ,did you get a ticket. The cops are out there to do a job.

    Tuesday, 1 March 2016, 6:50 pm
  • Ticket everyone who does not use signals and the county would be rich. That includes our OWN deputy’s.

    Tuesday, 1 March 2016, 6:43 pm
  • The limit is 50 on SR 50 where the lanes are three which the highway patrol use as speed traps now. It should be 55!

    Tuesday, 1 March 2016, 5:57 pm
  • Why don’t people use the the stick on there left side of the steering column .i just don’t understand the non use of a signal.also so many time drivers speed up when your starting to make a turn..the police can’t be everywhere but as I see it they are doing a great job. People just don’t watch how many times drivers pass stop school bus.i see them just speed right pass the stopped school bus,I just don’t understand.

    Tuesday, 1 March 2016, 5:46 pm
  • Stop the speeders red light runners and reckless morons…but take the seat belt fines and stuffem’up you know where, it’s my damn car my damn insurance and my life!! If motorcycle Mike doesn’t need a helmet, then stay the he’ll off my back !! And more importantly my wallet.

    Tuesday, 1 March 2016, 5:35 pm
  • They need some milk

    Tuesday, 1 March 2016, 5:34 pm
  • Let’s start ticketing the snowbirds and locals who stay in the left lane on 19 & 50 going 30 mph in a 55 mph zone.

    Tuesday, 1 March 2016, 4:47 pm
  • How many times have we said “where’s a cop when you need them”. Agreed, people have forgotten how to drive….it’s insanity all around Spring Hill. HSCO cannot be everywhere, but everywhere there is a problem. Road rage is very apparent. We must ALL Drive defensively.
    As a typical citizen, I could probably write 20 tickets a day for motor vehicle moving violations….just on US 19
    DUI’s….sit outside anyone of the veterans clubs, around midday.

    Tuesday, 1 March 2016, 4:46 pm
  • Get-em guys and girls, this crap has to stop.

    Tuesday, 1 March 2016, 4:37 pm
  • The only reason they are doing the traffic enforcement is to increase revenue. I have never seen an accident on Elgin road where they were yesterday. What a joke. The accidents on are Spring Hill dr near Mariner, 19 and 50. Quit blowing smoke about not enough deputies patrolling the roads.

    Tuesday, 1 March 2016, 4:15 pm
  • Thanks to the new recruits for signing up. We certainly needed you. Thank you, Sherrif Nienhuis, for trying to make Hernando safe.

    Tuesday, 1 March 2016, 4:09 pm

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