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For immediate release - December 21, 2005

Sheriff’s Office, Community Traffic Safety Team promote safe driving during the holidays

TAVARES Lake County Sheriff Chris Daniels is partnering with the Lake County Community Traffic Safety Team to promote safe driving during this holiday season.

“A growing concern in unincorporated Lake County is speeding,” said Lake County Commission Chairman Catherine Hanson.

Since taking office last year, Sheriff Daniels has created a Traffic Unit comprised of six deputies whose goal is to enforce traffic laws in an effort to make our roads safer.

During this holiday campaign and into the New Year, deputies will be out in force to patrol for speeding, intoxicated drivers, and to enforce seat-belt laws. The Sheriff’s Office and the Lake County Community Traffic Safety Team will also look at other avenues to reduce speeding on rural, County-maintained roadways.

With the assistance of the Community Traffic Safety Team, which is a consortium of public works and law enforcement officials from many jurisdictions in Lake County, roads that are identified with habitual speeding concerns will be studied. Through an assortment of studies the team will review and discuss the results and provide recommendations to decrease overall speeds, such as installing a signal, improving an intersection or changing the alignment of the road to improve sight distance.

According to the Sheriff’s Office and the Lake County Department of Public Works, the number of speeding complaints registered by residents outweighs all other service calls.

“Just over the last 30 days, my staff and I have been bombarded with citizen calls regarding speeders on rural roads,” said Jim Stivender, Director of the Lake County Department of Public Works.

The Lake County Board of County Commissioners, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and the Lake County Community Traffic Safety Team encourages all residents to have a safe and happy holiday season by obeying the rules of the road. Read more holiday driving tips here.


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Safe holiday driving tips from Lake County Government and the Sheriff’s Office

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Christopher Patton
Public Information Coordinator
Office: (352) 343-9609; Cell: (352) 455-0445

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