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Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Marion County Sheriff’s Office looking to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is launching an enforcement detail that focuses on improving pedestrian and bicycle safety on county roads.

Due to the high number of traffic crashes resulting in serious and fatal injuries to pedestrians and bicyclists, MCSO Traffic Unit deputies will be on site at four county areas for the next six months.

Beginning today until May 13, 2022, the deputies will conduct High Visibility Enforcement Details (HVE) at the following county locations that have seen an increase in traffic crashes involving pedestrians and bicyclists:

  • SW Highway 200 (from SW 95th Court to SW 99th Street Road)
  • E Silver Springs Boulevard (from NE 25th Street to NE 55th Avenue)
  • S U.S. Highway 441 (one-third of a mile south of SE 84th Lane Road to SE 62nd Street)
  • N U.S. Highway 301 (from NW 35th Street to NW 56th Street)

Deputies will be focused on further educating the public about traffic laws during this enforcement to help ensure the safety of everyone on the road. Traffic violations observed by the deputies may result in warnings or citations depending on the circumstances.

MCSO wants to remind drivers to obey speed limits, never drive impaired, obey traffic laws, ride in the direction of traffic, use headlights when driving at night, and always watch for pedestrians and bicyclists.

MCSO also wants to remind pedestrians to cross in crosswalks or at intersections, obey pedestrian signals, and be visible to drivers when walking at night.