Wednesday, June 3, 2020
72.6 F

High visibility enforcement to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office’s Traffic Unit will be conducting High Visibility Enforcement Details with the goal of improving pedestrian and bicycle safety.

The sheriff’s office will conduct the operation as part of a partnership with the University of North Florida and the Florida Department of Transportation for FDOT’s Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow campaign.

The patrols will take place in the area of S Pine Avenue and S U.S. Hwy. 27/441, from SE 17th Street to SE 80th Street. These areas have seen an increase in traffic crashes resulting in serious and fatal injuries to pedestrians and bicyclists.

The enforcement will continue until Friday, May 15. Deputies will be concentrating more on educating the public about traffic laws during this enforcement to ensure the safety of everyone on the road. But violations may result in warnings or citations, depending on the circumstances.

The sheriff’s office’s traffic unit would like residents to remember several things while they are on the roadways:

  • Drivers should obey speed limits, never drive impaired and always watch
    for bicyclists and pedestrians;
  • Bicyclists should ride in the direction of traffic and use lights
    when riding at night; and
  • Pedestrians should cross roadways in crosswalks or at intersections, obey pedestrian signals and make sure they are visible to drivers when walking at night.

Photos in Ocala, Florida


Ocala man held without bond after spat over drugs

An Ocala man is being held without bond in the Marion County Jail after a fight with a woman he allegedly accused of tampering with his drugs.

Belleview woman punches elderly man in fight over car keys

A 56-year-old Belleview woman admitted to punching an elderly family member during a struggle for his car keys.

Lawn mower-driving Ocala man accused of strangling woman

An Ocala man was arrested after he allegedly strangled a woman two weeks after she kicked him out of her home.

Electricity-stealing Silver Springs man accused of cutting man who pulled plug

A Silver Springs man is being held without bond in the Marion County Jail after he allegedly used a large knife to cut a man who stopped him from stealing a neighbor’s power.


Downtown Ocala businesses reopen, many with refurbished digs

Downtown Ocala businesses are reopening this week at reduced capacity, with many having taken the opportunity during quarantine to renovate their establishments.

Leading Marketing Solutions hosting virtual Quarantine Business Expo

The Quarantine Business Expo, hosted by Leading Marketing Solutions, is a virtual event that will serve as a platform for businesses to showcase their services and products to an engaged online audience on May 7 and May 19.

Ocala businesses shutter doors in wake of COVID-19 fallout

Businesses across the city of Ocala shuttered their doors Friday morning in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic that has ground the nation to a halt. 

The Fiery Chef serving up ‘Ready to Eat Meals’ at new east Ocala location

The Fiery Chef has opened the doors on its new east Ocala location in hopes of serving up "Ready to Eat Meals" to the local community. 

Subscribe for email updates

* indicates required


Newest Ocala City Councilman leads charge to appoint city manager

The newest member of the Ocala City Council took the oath of office Tuesday night and immediately led the effort to appoint a new city manager.

Legendary Wynonna Judd to perform at Ocala Drive-in Theatre in July

Country music legend Wynonna Judd is coming back to Ocala.

Governor praises law enforcement for peaceful protests like recent Ocala event

Gov. Ron DeSantis reported that demonstrations like one held Sunday in Ocala have remained largely peaceful over the past 24 hours.

Five more Ocala residents test positive for potentially deadly COVID-19 virus

Five more Ocala residents – including two children – have tested positive for the Coronavirus, bringing the total in Marion County to 255 cases.

More articles like this