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Saturday, December 3, 2022

 High visibility enforcement underway to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is currently conducting High Visibility Enforcement Details with the goal of improving pedestrian and bicycle safety.

The operation is being funded through a contract with the University of North Florida in partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation for its Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow campaign.

The HVE details, which began on November 16, 2021, will continue through Friday, May 13 in four different areas throughout Marion County:

  • 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 US 441 (one-third of a mile south of SE 84th Lane Road to SE 62nd Street).
  • N US 301 (from NW 35th Street to NW 56th Street).

These areas have seen an increase in traffic crashes resulting in serious and fatal injuries to pedestrians and bicyclists.

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

The MCSO traffic unit would like residents to remember a few 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.
  • Pedestrians should cross roadways in crosswalks or at intersections, obey pedestrian signals, and make sure they are visible to drivers when walking at night.