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RED LIGHT RUNNERS BEWARE

The Broward Sheriff's Office is cracking down on speeders, red light runners, and other unsafe drivers at several Deerfield Beach intersections.

In 2001, 3,093 traffic crashes were reported to BSO in Deerfield Beach. By 2002, that number had dropped 15.8% to 2,604 but is still too high. Broward Sheriff's records indicate that a significant number of last year’s collisions happened near the areas where Hillsboro Boulevard and SW 10th Street meet up with Federal Highway, Military Trail, and Powerline Road.

In an effort to help make the roadways in Deerfield Beach safer, bring those crash numbers down further, and educate motorists, the Broward Sheriff's Office is embarking on a firm enforcement operation. Beginning on January 20, 2003 and running through the end of the month, BSO deputies will be out in force at a number of high-crash incident intersections, strictly enforcing traffic laws.

Each weekday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. during the enforcement operation, every available motor deputy from BSO’s Deerfield Beach district will converge on targeted intersections in that city. The deputies will focus on catching every motorist who runs a red light, speeds, or otherwise drives aggressively or in an unsafe manner.

The Broward Sheriff's Office reminds motorists that speeding is one of the most significant factors leading to traffic crashes. Speeding reduces the reaction time that a driver has when faced with something unexpected and increases the stopping distance of a vehicle. Please obey the posted speed limit, be aware of traffic control devices, be courteous to those sharing the road, and always wear a seat belt.

This release by:

Hugh Graf / Media Relations

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