Homeowners upset over truck drivers going through no truck zone in Riverview area

Posted at 6:13 PM, Oct 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-18 18:28:52-04

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. — As part of our commitment to Driving Tampa Bay Forward, we are looking into our cameras capturing truck drivers driving through a designated no truck zone in Riverview. 

A viewer reached out to our DTBF tip line about all kinds of trucks, big rigs and dump trucks driving along Falkenburg Road at US 301. 

There is a no-thru truck zone sign over two axles that sits in the median facing US 301 on Falkenburg. 

Jim Wilson said he’s been fighting an ongoing problem of truck drivers driving near his residential neighborhood.

Wilson can hear the loud trucks pass by from his backyard and describes the noise as similar to a speedway. 

Hillsborough County has a map of the no-thru truck zone areas on their website. The red lines represent areas where trucks should not be. 

Florida’s statute states a truck driver can drive in a no-thru zone unless they are traveling to or from a place abutting the zone.

Wilson said the no-thru signs were added around four years ago, and he says he has never seen a truck driver pulled over.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office says they enforce the laws and they get complaints in several areas like Highway 41 while construction projects are underway. 

In an email, a spokesperson said:

Our deputies step up enforcement in these areas as they get complaints.

Residents with an issue can call our non-emergency line at 813-247-8200 and ask to speak with a traffic corporal in their area to submit a complaint.