I am sure that you have all heard the news of the tragic death of Broward Sheriff’s Office Deputy Ryan Seguin, age 23, and a three-year BSO veteran assigned to the Weston District. Deputy Seguin was outside his vehicle in the westbound lanes of I-595 when he was killed. Dep. Seguin was on a traffic stop when a passing car struck him, killing him on impact. The car that struck the deputy stopped and remained on scene.
This tragic death reminds us all of the dangers of being a law enforcement officer – especially while doing our job on a roadway in South Florida.
Drivers on Florida highways are required to move over or slow down when approaching an emergency vehicle that is stopped. Florida's “Move Over Act, designed to protect law enforcement and other emergency workers, was passed during the 2002 session of the Florida Legislature.
On interstate or other highways with multiple lanes of travel in the same direction, vehicles approaching an authorized emergency or law enforcement vehicle parked on a roadway with emergency lights activated are required to vacate the lane closest to the emergency vehicle as soon as it is safe to do so (unless otherwise directed by a law enforcement officer).
On two-lane roadways, drivers are required to slow to a speed that is 20 miles per hour less than the posted speed limit when the posted speed limit is 25 miles per hour or greater, or travel at 5 miles per hour when the posted speed limit is 20 miles per hour or less.
During the five-year period of 1996-2000, motorists in Florida crashed into working law enforcement vehicles that were stopped/parked along Florida roadways 1,793 times, resulting in five deaths and 419 injuries. Those are amazing statistics. Please remember to “move over” and always drive carefully and safely. As always, the Tamarac District will be monitoring the roadways and will enforce all traffic laws. Always drive with care and obey all traffic laws. We want you to arrive at your destination safely.
Broward Sheriff Ken Jenne recognized the contributions of deputies, civilian personnel, BSO departments and private citizens at the agency’s annual awards ceremonies at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale. Honored as the Department of Law Enforcement “Deputy of the Year” was Tamarac’s own Deputy Joshua Stambaugh. Deputy Stambaugh’s beat is in the business centers along State Road #7 and W. Commercial Blvd. Deputy Stambaugh is also a specially trained “Crisis Intervention Team Deputy, specially trained to address people in emotional crisis. One specific incident was an anonymous caller that was threatening to kill himself by jumping in front of an oncoming train.
With limited information, Deputy Stambaugh successfully established a bond of trust with the troubled citizen. The deputy’s diligent efforts were successful when the man agreed to get off the railroad tracks, and meet him at Don Carter’s Lanes in Tamarac where he was taken into protective custody under the Baker Act and admitted into a local mental health facility. Congratulations Deputy Stambaugh.
Remember to report any suspicious activity to BSO or to Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS. A reward of up to $15,000 is offered for information leading to an arrest.
I would like to congratulate BSO’s Tamarac District Employee of the Month, Deputy Ralph Schambeck. Deputy Schambeck, while responding to an armed robbery call, instinctively checked one of the major escape routes and affected a traffic stop of the vehicle involved. The three suspects were apprehended without incident and taken off the streets of Tamarac. The stolen property was returned to the victim. Congratulations to Deputy Schambeck for a job well done!
Have a safe and healthy month.