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Growing Population Means Higher Risk for Motorists and Pedestrians

HERNANDO – It’s that time of the year again and I’m not talking about the Holidays, I’m referring to the influx of migratory residents, or “snow birds,” who head south for the winter. As our population grows, so do the number of vehicles on our roadways; increasing safety concerns for motorists and pedestrians alike.

In an effort to help educate those who may not be aware of the “rules of the road” we put together a few tips to help make travelers feel more at ease before getting behind the wheel, putting on walking shoes, or pedaling a bike.

According to the Department of Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, The driver of a motor vehicle and front seat passengers must wear a seatbelt. In addition, anyone under the age of 18, seated in the rear of a vehicle is also required to wear a seatbelt.

Child car seat laws are often confusing so here are the facts: Children 5 years of age and under are to be secured in a federally approved child restraint device. As of January 1st 2015, children aged 4 and 5 will have to be secured in a car seat or booster seat.

Pedestrians are the most vulnerable of all, especially when they come into close proximity with motor vehicles. According to the FHSMV, cyclists are to ride WITH traffic not against it and they are to always obey the same traffic laws as a motor vehicle. Cyclists under the age of 16 are required to wear a helmet.

Also, for those who believe drinking and riding a bicycle is a legal alternative to drinking and driving, think again – you could face charges of Driving Under the Influence if stopped by law enforcement.

Pedestrians on foot are required to walk against traffic. This enables the pedestrian to observe oncoming traffic and avoid a collision in the event that a driver is not paying attention or loses control of their vehicle.

These are just a few of the most important facts to help those who may not have been aware of Florida’s highway safety rules. For more information go to the FHSMV at

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  • It’s loaded with stores and restaurants….daaaah…lot’s of traffic…here simpler terms…its like having Wal-Mart parking lot on75…

    Sunday, 22 November 2015, 12:45 pm
  • Ya ok boschamps. From nightwalker to the Suncoast I don’t recall seeing any houses so it’s not residential It was 55 before the road was enlarged so you want people to drive 35 on it and back up traffic ? Sounds like your a real brainiac. Maybe you should run for county commissioner lol

    Friday, 20 November 2015, 7:32 pm
  • Crosswalks…sidewalks..and red and yellow pedestrian lights are a novelty around here…also 50 mph speed limits in residential area don’t help…and from nightwalker to suncoast should be 35mph…DAAAH not50…

    Friday, 20 November 2015, 10:26 am
    • FYI Anderson Snow Rd is a 2 lane road and has houses on it and a large park and it is 55 mph. Just sayin.

      Friday, 20 November 2015, 8:37 pm
  • I can’t stand it when people drive with their hazards on. Nothing like a sea of flashing lights in a downpour!

    Thursday, 19 November 2015, 7:04 pm
  • Is your mailbox in the street Josh? Maybe you should wait until there is no oncoming traffic before you venture out there genius. The first time I can see….the second time you should have known better fool.

    Thursday, 19 November 2015, 6:25 pm
  • Please stop honking!! We know you must be very hungry, but when backing out of parking space,we must look all ways for people walking and other cars looking for spots to park. So you laying on your horn only made you look even more stupid!! Yep Q Tips on vacation,with their white shorts on .Next time will just pull back in the spot and you can keep driving around looking for another spot. We aren’t in a hurry, got lots of time. Bet I know where they were from lol

    Thursday, 19 November 2015, 5:46 pm
  • Wish we had a few extra sidewalks, in areas like Weeping Willow, like Sunshine Grove Rd. And some “snowbirds” will be surprise of the “NEW” driving lanes on Cortez! Watch out!

    Thursday, 19 November 2015, 5:23 pm
  • And to all the pos that smoke in there vehicle with a minor in it as of October 1st it’s illegal.

    Thursday, 19 November 2015, 4:49 pm
  • I would say the Noo Yawka element has a good bit to do with the dangerous conditions here in Hernando. All those Noo Yawkas who couldn’t make it up in their beloved hometown come down here and tell us how great Noo Yawk is while driving poorly because they either took cabs and the subway up north or drove like most of them do up there. I feel bad for the New Yorkers who get a bad name from that small segment of the state who come down here and act like guidos

    Thursday, 19 November 2015, 4:40 pm
  • Welcome to car accident season. In addition to the above rules, might I suggest a few other items?

    1. there is a strange blinking yellow light on both sides of your car…’s purpose is to let other drivers know where you’re going….USE IT

    2. stop signs have an intended purpose – to have you come to a complete stop before proceeding… case, you know, there’s traffic in the intersection

    3. lastly, please be advised, when the light is red, that means you’re NOT supposed to be in the intersection….please, for the love of all that is good in this world, listen to that light!

    Thursday, 19 November 2015, 1:59 pm
  • Ive been hit twice checking mail on Deltona they don’t stop unless your a turtle or dog

    Thursday, 19 November 2015, 1:01 pm
    • get a mailbox with a door on your side of the house so you dont have to step out in traffic since you cant look twice before running out to get them bills and flyers.

      Friday, 20 November 2015, 8:48 pm
  • Pedestrians also have the right of way when walking across the road with a crosswalk when the walk like is illuminared. Too many drivers don’t stop to let people legally cross and some honk their horns at pedestrians who are attempting to cross. This is very prevalent at mariner and cortez. Some drivers seem to don’t care or are ignorant to the laws.

    Thursday, 19 November 2015, 12:28 pm

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