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Slow Drivers to Be Cited and Problem Areas on Local Roadways

FLORIDA – You may have already heard the news and it’s good news for many drivers – the Florida Highway Patrol is cracking down on slow drivers in the left lane.

The winter months mean more congestion on Florida roadways and that congestion can lead to frustration and even road rage. When someone drives too slowly in the left lane, other drivers become frustrated and that can result in unsafe condition for everyone.

In an effort to bring awareness to those who are causing the problem, the Florida Highway Patrol has started ticketing drivers who drive over 10 mph under the speed limit. Currently, violators can face fines up to $60.00 and 3-points on their license.Under

Closer to home, there are numerous areas in Hernando County that cause aggravation and extremely dangerous driving conditions for motorists. Cortez Blvd/Mariner Blvd, Northcliffe Blvd/Mariner Blvd, and Linden Drive/Mariner Blvd are some of the worst in the county for vehicle accidents, but there are few other areas that are really giving motorists a headache.

We’ve chosen a few examples where drivers are attempting to shortcut their route, but in the process, are causing traffic to back-up and even accidents to occur.

Barclay Ave and Cortez Blvd has seen its share of collisions, and in many cases, it’s due to drivers trying to cut across Barclay Ave to access the Sunoco Gas Station (See Diagram Below).

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Another area where drivers try to “cheat the rules of the road” is on Barclay Ave, just north of Powell Road. A lot of drivers are attempting to turn left across southbound traffic, where no turn lane exists. Less than 500 ft. north of that intersection is a proper turn lane, where drivers can safely access the Circle K and Centennial Bank (See Diagram Below).

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For more information on safe driving, visit the DMV or FHP websites.

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  • Everyday I am behind people in the left lane who are going well BELOW the speed limit on Spring Hill Drive, Cortez, US 19 and Mariner. Slow traffic move right. It is a simple rule. That does not mean we need to speed, but slowpokes should just move on over.

    Monday, 22 February 2016, 11:26 pm
  • Ok so sandy clearly you are the target of this operation,get out of the way! And as far as the obama being voted in twice comments,what about thescumbag that stole millions or billions from medicade that we now call govener for the second term,good move there floriduhh
    Also im an obama fan i just wanted to bring that fun fact to light.

    Monday, 22 February 2016, 9:58 pm
  • US 19 North and South are VERY bad for driving in the Left Lane slower than the people in the Right Lane. I asked a policeman and he told me that there was NO SUCH THING as a PASSING LANE it’s just ANOTHER TRAVEL LANE. Just what is the stated law pertaining to the left lane?

    Monday, 22 February 2016, 3:05 pm
  • People get older and wonder where all of the speeders suddenly come from. Circle of life.

    Sunday, 21 February 2016, 9:47 pm
  • Maybe they didn’t elect either since electoral voting is systematic fraud.

    Sunday, 21 February 2016, 9:31 pm
  • good point dub, They also elected the war criminal W Bush twice. It always entertaining and challenging driving when the “blue hairs” are in town.

    Sunday, 21 February 2016, 8:00 pm
  • It is simple at 65 years of age you need to re test. If you are impaired you are impaired. Doesn’t matter if its medication…stroke…eye site …age..alcohol or drugs..at 80 years old maybe you shouldn’t drive

    Sunday, 21 February 2016, 7:17 pm
  • Dub I like your post excellent !!! U probably stired the pot with the last one. Get ready for the posts. Lmbo

    Sunday, 21 February 2016, 5:40 pm
  • @Wait Robertson, this is the first state I have lived in that people do exactly what you posted. I was shocked first time I saw it, needs to be strictly enforced with a hefty fine. After all you are our first line of defense in saving lives. Thank you for all you do.

    Sunday, 21 February 2016, 5:21 pm
  • You can’t expect too much. Remember the people in the US elected Barack Obama twice for President

    Sunday, 21 February 2016, 4:54 pm
  • This is exactly how it should be taught. And if you can understand this maybe learn to use your turn signals along with it.

    Sunday, 21 February 2016, 4:53 pm
  • It’s really simple, slower traffic keep right. If you are in the left lane and a vehicle is behind you, then you are in the way. No matter what speed you are traveling. Do not hang out in the left and try to set the pace for others.

    Sunday, 21 February 2016, 4:22 pm
  • The one law I would love to see enforced more is the move over law, too many time we will be working an accident and it does not matter what street the people DONOT even make an attempt to move over or to slow down, REMEMBER it 20 miles an hour under the POSTED speed limit!

    Sunday, 21 February 2016, 4:17 pm
  • Go faster, die quicker, dumb , catch the speeders,texters and cell phone idiots. I do the speed limit, and they still try to run me over. Smh

    Sunday, 21 February 2016, 3:35 pm
  • So we go faster now smh thats always been a law no one follows here… Idiots thinking again

    Sunday, 21 February 2016, 12:43 pm
  • In a hurry to go nowhere.

    Sunday, 21 February 2016, 11:13 am
  • It won’t do any good, no one and I mean no one does the speed limit. The world’s went and got itself in a big damned hurry .

    Sunday, 21 February 2016, 11:12 am
  • The County should put up the concrete curbs in the middle of Barclay Ave. People going East on Cortez Blvd still can get into the gas station. The county has concrete curbs for the gas stations at Spring Hill Drive and Elgin Blvd It’s interesting that they are both Circle K gas stations and there both are hard to get into and leave in the direction you want to go. There is no reason why the county cant do the same at Barclay Ave to save a life,
    This intersection should have been looked at when the State was working on Cortez Blvd expansion. We need our County proactive instead of reactive to our growing needs. To prove a point we should also be looking at the gas stations on Deltona & Cortez, but lets give them the benefit of the doubt.

    Sunday, 21 February 2016, 11:02 am
  • They should lower the speed limit to a max speed of 30 mph in a 1 mile strip on Mariner and Northcliffe.

    Sunday, 21 February 2016, 9:28 am
  • why not pull a rolling thunder like the cops up north use, saturate the hot spots and ticket, of course this is not only for the ole folks and snow birds but the dumb ass kids playing Daytona 500

    Sunday, 21 February 2016, 5:19 am
  • lets see if they actually ticket these people on 19 in the left lane doing 30 for 5 miles

    Saturday, 20 February 2016, 11:28 pm
  • On my way home from store had some one pull out in front of me like I didnt exist and hug the center lane and drive nearly half the speed limit and even stopped a few times and when i tried to get around them they would start to go again. I was tempted to use the median but refrained. Sometimes I want to get a good look at the hamster with 3 legs spinning the rusted wheel inside to make that brain function at such complexity.

    Saturday, 20 February 2016, 11:19 pm
  • Driving the speed limit is considered slow by many, so the cops need to get the speeders as well. I had nobody in my rear view then *BAM* a car appeared out of no where, I was going 55 south on 41 north of Brooksville. As I slowed down to speed limit of 45 and then some to make my right turn the car laid on the horn with some fancy hand gesturing. Or was this aimed at Spring Hill only? haha

    Saturday, 20 February 2016, 9:43 pm
  • How about we ticket the drivers who are speeding down Spring Hill Dr. I’ve lived here for four years and I’ve seen three drivers pulled over. None of them were the crotch rocket riders who zip by my house doing 65+ in a 45mph zone. I hear about a new bike accident every week.

    Saturday, 20 February 2016, 9:41 pm
  • Yes, it’s simply amazing that in Hernando County seniors seem to just drive in the left lane because their next turn is left, whether it be in 50 feet or MILES! Then to add insult to potential injury,mother ride side by side at 15 miles per hour under the limit in each other’s blind spots! On 19 north of 50, this is worse than any place I’ve seen in the country, I guess because when going south they plan eventually turn left “in several miles” onto SR-50. They make a rolling road block side by side all the way down.

    Saturday, 20 February 2016, 7:44 pm
  • Would be great if they could get the truck driver to stop driving in the left lane on the truck route along SR 50. I am forever getting stuck behind trucks that insist on driving in the left lane west bound in the mornings from the area where you have to turn left to stay on the truck route. The speed limit is 50 mph and these trucks are lucky to hit 40 between the lights @ Jefferson, Emerson, Main and Broad. Drives me nuts trying to get to work in the morning!

    Saturday, 20 February 2016, 6:50 pm
  • Finally!

    Saturday, 20 February 2016, 6:45 pm
  • Put a cop on US19 just north of the Timber Pines entrance. Plenty of good hunting for slow pokes in the left lane there.

    Saturday, 20 February 2016, 6:33 pm
  • It’s about time.

    Saturday, 20 February 2016, 6:15 pm

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