Lead-footed motorists in Hernando County will have some extra incentive to lay off the gas pedal this month.
The Hernando Sheriff's Office on Thursday announced plans to beef up traffic enforcement efforts during the last two weeks of June.
'Tis the season, said sheriff's Col. Mike Maurer.
Traffic crashes tend to increase in June and July, Maurer said, and the start of summer means more children are walking and riding bicycles along the county's roadways.
"So it's a good time to remind everybody that speed limits are posted for a reason," he said.
Deputies will in marked and unmarked cars, using radar to catch speeders and watch for reckless drivers. They will focus on county feeder roads with a high number of crashes, including Mariner Boulevard, Spring Hill Drive, Northcliffe Boulevard, Mondon Hill Road, Spring Lake Highway and Powell Road.
"I can tell you the time and day we'll be out there, and we'll still catch 100 people," Maurer said.
Closed schools also mean school resource officers are freed up to help out with the effort, Maurer said.
The first week of July will bring a separate DUI enforcement effort on Hernando's roads and waterways. Sgt. Steve Gaskins, a spokesman for the Florida Highway Patrol, said troopers will help with that effort.
And motorists who have noticed more of the black and tan FHP cruisers aren't imagining things. Gaskins said Troop C, the six-county region that includes Hernando, recently received some reinforcements in the form of new troopers fresh out of the academy.
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