Andrew Gant, Office of Media Relations & Public Affairs
FDOT Grant Update:
As we continue our Florida Department of Transportation grant-funded operation targeting speed and aggressive driving in Volusia County, here’s an update on the numbers:
Between Oct. 1, 2017 and Feb. 9, 2018, deputies working under this grant made 318 stops resulting in 195 moving violations and 54 non-moving violations. There have been 138 speed violations, 12 criminal Florida Uniform Traffic Citations, 3 felony arrests and 10 misdemeanor arrests.
The grant funding continues through September 2018.
(Here's our earlier news release -- December, 2017):
VCSO TARGETS SPEED, AGGRESSIVE DRIVING IN 2017-18
Starting today (Dec. 4, 2017), the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office is launching a series of traffic enforcement campaigns targeting excessive speed and aggressive driving in Volusia County – part of a $50,000 state grant aimed at significantly reducing crashes and fatalities.
Deputies will be out working high-visibility, zero-tolerance enforcement operations at locations throughout Volusia County, particularly in areas with a high frequency of traffic crashes, fatalities and aggressive driving complaints. The specific times and locations of these efforts will vary and will not be announced in advance.
The project, funded by a grant from the Florida Department of Transportation, lasts through Sept. 30, 2018, and will involve marked and unmarked Sheriff’s Office units as well as the VCSO’s Air One helicopter as available.
Volusia County has seen an increase in traffic violations and traffic crashes over the past several years. While 2016 figures show Volusia County is home to more than 415,000 licensed drivers, the number of drivers on the county’s roads spikes significantly during major events at Daytona International Speedway, Bike Week, Biketoberfest and other special events. The seven major arteries that direct tens of thousands of visitors to Volusia beaches also become heavily traveled during holiday weekends and throughout the summer months.
Among 25 Florida counties with a population of 200,000 or above, Volusia County ranks sixth in crashes involving speed or aggressive driving. The goal of this campaign is to reduce the number of those crashes and increase visibility and awareness of traffic enforcement in our county.
Administrative offices: West Volusia 386-736-5961 Daytona Beach 386-254-4689 New Smyrna Beach 386-423-3352
Non-emergency dispatch numbers: DeLand 386-943-8276 Daytona Beach 386-239-8276 New Smyrna Beach 386-409-8276 Osteen 407-323-0151