The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is partnering with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District Seven through an Enhanced Law Enforcement Engagement (ELEE) program to make Hillsborough County roadways safer. From May through October 2023, HCSO will expand deputy presence on roadways with high crash rates, increasing public awareness of the importance of safe driving.
"With the Enhanced Law Enforcement Engagement program, we will increase our deputy presence on roadways with high crash rates, spreading awareness and emphasizing the importance of safe driving." said Sheriff Chad Chronister. "Our enforcement efforts will target intersection violations, driving under the influence, speeding, aggressive and distracted driving, lane departure, work zone violations, and move-over violations. Together, we can significantly impact creating safer roads for everyone in Hillsborough County."
Enforcement efforts will focus on specific areas of the State Highway Strategic Safety Plan (SHSSP). Focus areas include:
- Intersection Violations
- Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
- Speeding, Aggressive, and
- Distracted Driving
- Lane Departure
- Work Zone violations
- Move Over violations
"FDOT District Seven is committed to making our roads safer through partnerships with local law enforcement agencies," said FDOT District Seven Safety Engineer Emmeth Duran, P.E. "Through this program, we are working to reach FDOT's target of zero fatal crashes and serious injuries."
The ELEE pilot program was launched in 2022 by FDOT District Seven to expand its efforts to improve traffic safety. In its second year, the ELEE program aims to partner with local law enforcement agencies to reduce crashes and injuries on the state roads and federal highways FDOT District Seven manages.