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Florida Sheriffs Task Force creates safer roads and waterways

Posted at 9:00 AM, Jul 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-22 09:00:29-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The Florida Sheriffs Association says Operation Knot Lit has produced significant results in creating safe roads and waterways.

According to FSA, Operation Knot Lit is a strategic initiative in 33 Florida counties that focused on education and enforcement of Florida’s roads and waterways to ensure the safety of our commuters.

During this operation, FSA says 3,105 warnings and 3,144 traffic/boating citations were issued, 8,596 hours were dedicated during the enforcement period, 892 arrests were made, 144 community notifications were developed and 883 citizens were educated on the safety efforts during the Task Force Operation Knot Lit.

“Amplifying the safety on our roads and waterways is crucial for all Floridians and those who visit the Sunshine State,” said FSA President and Columbia County Sheriff Mark Hunter. “The dedicated enforcement of state laws that deal with driving or boating under the influence and being reckless behind the wheel will help to keep us all safe.”

The following are the statewide totals:

  • 3,105 warnings issued:
  • 2,827 unlawful speed / speed zone (boat) violations
  • 278 careless driving / boating
  • 3,144 uniform traffic / boating citations issued:
  • 1,679 for unlawful speeding
  • 1,199 traffic control device violations
  • 104 boat regulatory violations
  • 162 boat safety violations
  • 8,596 hours dedicated during enforcement period
  • 892 arrests (applicable F.S.S.):
  • 196 driving under the influence
  • 11 boating under the influence
  • 685 persons taken into custody for other criminal charges
  • 144 social media, sign messages and related communications developed and put out to citizens
  • 883 citizen education efforts conducted through operation

“Sheriff’s offices from across Florida impress me during each Task Force initiative, and Operation Knot Lit did not disappoint,” said Charlotte County Sheriff William Prummell, Jr. and Chair of the FSA Task Force. “The commitment and cooperation by each sheriff’s office to keep our drivers, boaters and passengers safe is commendable. Florida is safer today due to this hard work.”