Monday, December 31, 2012
Do your part to keep local roadways safe New Year’s Eve. Don’t drink and drive. And if you see a drunken or impaired driver on the road? Use these tips for contacting the Florida Highway Patrol.
Troopers and deputies will be out in force looking for impaired drivers New Year's Eve, but they can't do it alone. Sgt. Steve Gaskins, with the Florida Highway Patrol, said motorists can do their part to keep the roadways safe by calling *FHP on their cell phones to report sightings of impaired motorists. To report a drunken or impaired driver: Gaskins said it is a given that New Year's Eve is a "party type holiday." "We want to remind people that even during your celebrations you have to make plans ahead of time," he said. "We don’t want to mix alcohol and motor vehicles.” Toward that end, revelers should make their plans early. “Plan for a designated driver, party at home or plan to party at places where you don’t have to drive home…
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, with the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, is spreading the word: Stay sober while driving this holiday season.
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and Julie L. Jones, executive director of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, are teaming up to promote sober driving during the holiday season and throughout the year. Bondi sponsored a resolution that recognizes December as Drunk and Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention Month to promote safe driving as many will be traveling to celebrate the holidays with loved ones. The attorney general, Gov. Rick Scott, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam signed the resolution. "December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month, and I encourage Floridians to act responsibly this holiday season,” said Bondi. “Those who drive under the …
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office in District 3 is piloting "Operation Trident," an effort to rid the roadways of habitual traffic offenders and aggressive and impaired drivers. The aim is to reduce the number of traffic-related fatalities.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office means business in its efforts to apprehend habitual traffic offenders, aggressive drivers and impaired drivers, with "Operation Trident" a new intitiative put into play this month. Noting an increase in traffic-related fatalities throughout the county this year, Operation Trident came into play, launching July 20-21 and continuing July 27-28 in the northwest area of Hillsborough County, including Carrollwood, Citrus Park and Westchase. The area is known as District 3. Piloted there this month, Operation Trident holds promise for extension to other areas of the county as well, according to Cpl. Doug White, who is facilitating the campaign for the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. This year in …
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office has released another round of red-light runners that shows a near collision, a pedestrian's close call, a motorist barreling through an intersection after the light had been red for 98 seconds, and more.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office has posted a seventh round of video clips showing what happens when "aggressive, impatient or inatttentive motorists" run red lights at busy intersections. The aim is to raise public awareness and cut back on the incidence of red-light runners. The latest round of clips show, among other things, a near collision, a pedestrian's close call and a motorist barreling through an intersection after the light had been red for 98 seconds. Through the county's Red Light Enforcement Program, deputies began to issue notices of violation on December 29, 2009. Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies review each photograph and corresponding data to determine if there is a violation of Florida State Statute 316.…
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Deborah Sturgeon, 49, was stopped and arrested by the Florida Highway Patrol at 10:54 p.m. at the corner of Brandon Boulevard and Providence Road.
A school bus driver from Brandon was arrested and charged with driving under the influence Friday night, Oct. 21. Deborah Sturgeon, 49, was stopped and arrested by the Florida Highway Patrol at 10:54 p.m. at the corner of Brandon Boulevard and Providence Road, according to arrest records. Sturgeon lives in Plantation Key in Brandon. Her blood alcohol content was reported at 0.222. She was released on bond.
Friday, July 22, 2011
Donald Leet faces two counts of child neglect after his girlfriend’s 11-year-old takes the wheel and crashes into water pipes off Sadie Street at First Baptist Church of Brandon.
A 37-year-old man is facing two counts of child neglect after he let his girlfriend’s 11-year-old daughter drive a car, according to a Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office report. The girl crashed into water pipes at a Brandon church while she was behind the wheel, causing extensive damages to the pipes and the vehicle, according to sheriff’s office spokesman Detective Larry McKinnon. Deputies were a block away when they heard the crash, he said. The vehicle struck water pipes at First Baptist Church of Brandon, at the church’s side entrance on Sadie Street, when Donald Leet allegedly let the 11-year-old take the wheel in her mother’s Ford Explorer at 6 p.m. July 19. Leet, of Apollo Beach, had his own 7-year-old daughter in the back seat…