Volusia aims to reduce pedestrian crashes

Grant allows Sheriff's Office to target 8 intersections in Deltona

DELTONA, Fla. – The Volusia County Sheriff's Office is launching an initiative aimed at reducing the number of vehicle crashes involving pedestrians and bicyclists.

Motorists driving through eight heavily traveled intersections in Deltona will soon be getting an extra dose of education, along with warnings and tickets, from Volusia County sheriff’s deputies about obeying the rules of the road. 

The Sheriff’s Office will kick off the operation in the next week.

"Our roadways can be dangerous places for pedestrians," said Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood, an avid bicyclist. "We need to reduce the carnage on our roads and make them safer for everyone."

Funded by a $30,000 state grant, the high-visibility enforcement operation in Deltona is designed to use a multi-pronged approach involving both education and enforcement to increase compliance with traffic laws. The goal is to reduce the number of deaths and injuries to pedestrians and bicyclists.

“That’s what this special enforcement operation is all about. It’s about saving lives,” Chitwood said.

About a dozen deputies have undergone specialized instruction in pedestrian and bicycle safety to prepare for the operation, which will start with an educational phase in which deputies stop drivers to explain violations and issue safety literature along with a verbal warning.

After the education and warning period expires, deputies will begin ticketing violators.

The operation will include four deputies at a time working the targeted locations for two-hour periods, with a total of 83 operations planned over the next two months.

The eight targeted intersections, selected based on crash data, include traffic signals and marked pedestrian crosswalks. They are:

  • Courtland Boulevard and Fort Smith Boulevard
  • Deltona Boulevard and DeBary Avenue
  • Deltona Boulevard and Enterprise Road
  • Elkcam Boulevard and Howland Boulevard
  • West Finland Drive and Saxon Boulevard
  • Howland Boulevard and Fort Smith Boulevard
  • Saxon Boulevard and North Normandy Boulevard
  • Tivoli Drive and Saxon Boulevard

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