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.
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).
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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