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Hillsborough deputies begin summer-long road safety crackdown in Tampa

Hillsborough County

TAMPA (WFLA) – Hillsborough County deputies have begun cracking down on speeding drivers, unsafe bicyclists, and pedestrians in Tampa.     

This enforcement will last the entire summer in busy areas where a high number of people are getting hurt and killed in crashes around Hillsborough Avenue, Busch Boulvard, and Fowler Ave. 

“Biggest message is to slow down. Share the road, there’s multiple different people using the roadway whether it’s our motorists, our bicyclists, our pedestrians. Slow down. be aware of your surroundings,” said Hillsborough County Cpl. Steve Cherpock. 

Cherpock said that in the last five years, 23 people have been killed, including 16 pedestrians, four drivers and three bicyclists within an 8-mile radius of the focus area. 

One of those deaths was Alexis Miranda,17, in 2015. She died on Busch Boulevard after being hit by a car near Chamberlain High School. 

Florida Department of Transportation officials are teaming up with Hillsborough County deputies, Tampa police and USF to get the word out about road safety awareness. 

They’re using $36,000 grants with the goals of lowering the number of deaths on our roadways and increasing awareness. 

“DOT engineers take a look at all the crash rates. They develop maps; they see where all the pedestrian crashes are happening, where pedestrians are being hit, where drivers are hitting them. As we look at all of that, we develop maps for the law enforcement agencies so they know where to target as well,” said FDOT spokesperson Kris Carson. 

Tampa police will lead the next 17-week period after Hillsborough deputies complete their enforcement efforts. 

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