The Florida Department of Transportation awarded a traffic safety sub for a Central Florida teen driver and enforcement operation.
The purpose of this operation is to educate teen drivers about roadway safety and conduct high visibility operations in an effort to decrease crashes involving teens that occur within Hillsborough County.
This grant will reimburse HCSO for overtime for deputies.
The Florida Department of Transportation 2024 Highway Safety Matrix-Ranking of Florida Counties ranked Hillsborough County third of the 26 most populous counties for the number of total (actual) teen driver-related serious injuries and fatalities during 2017-2021.
According to Signal Four Analytics, there were 5,094 teen driver-related crashes in Hillsborough County in 2022, with the Hillsborough County Sheriffs Office (HCSO) responding to approximately 37.9% of those crashes.
The program will run through September 30, 2024.