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Police crackdown on dangerous driving in Clearwater

Clearwater Police conducted a traffic enforcement looking for aggressive and reckless driving
Posted at 6:01 PM, Jul 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-19 18:03:31-04

CLEARWATER, Fl. -- Clearwater Police are cracking down on dangerous driving.

On Friday, more than a dozen officers took part in an enforcement detail on the major roadways in the community.

ABC Action News got a first hand look at the enforcement.

"Just overall, our serious injury fatal crashes are up. We're seeing more incidents, we're seeing a lot of aggressive driving citations and arrests," said Clearwater Police Corporal Nick Giordano.

He looked for speeding, aggressive driving, reckless driving and people not moving over for emergency vehicles.

He stopped a driver for speeding on U.S. 19 and assisted on a crash on another major road.

"It seems like it doesn't matter how many times we go out and enforce it and make traffic stops or write citations for people for whatever violation or whatever reason it is it just never ends on U.S. 19," Giordano said.

By the end of the day, police issued dozens of citations. Here's the breakdown:

Moving violations: 38
Non-moving violations: 23
Move over violations: 18
Speed: 79
Speed over 30 MPH: 9
Criminal citations: 5

New on the books during this enforcement effort are tougher texting while driving laws. Earlier this month, Giordano said he stopped a wrong way driving texting.

"It's not enforceable citation wise until January 1 by the governors order," he said. "So up until 2020, we're issuing warnings for that specific violation, typically what we'll see is it goes hand in hand with other things."

But no matter the violation, police are warning all drivers to pay attention on the road.

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