CITRUS COUNTY, Fla. — "Stop or be stopped," is a new campaign cracking down on dangerous driving in Citrus County after deputies noticed more people not stopping at red lights and stop signs.
Most serious accidents happen at intersections. That’s why the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office is trying to put a stop to those who don’t stop.
"Put down your phones and pay attention to traffic. Pay attention to street lights," said Citrus County Traffic Sergeant Matt Taylor.
We rode along with Sgt. Taylor and it didn’t take long before seeing people rolling through stop signs and running red lights.
"I understand that you’ve got to go to the courthouse and you’ve got things to do, but a complete stop only takes a moment," said Taylor to a woman who rolled through a stop sign.
Just one moment could be life-changing. Citrus County has had more than 2,350 accidents and 33 fatalities so far this year. Most of the bad accidents happen at intersections where people don’t stop.
"When you’re running red lights and stops signs you’re already traveling at somewhat of a significant speed so the possibility for injuries already goes what up," said Taylor.
That’s why they're launching the "Stop or Be Stopped" campaign and cracking down on people who don’t stop when they’re supposed to.
"Starting Monday, we’re not giving warnings. It's a $264 ticket for violations and three points on your license so we’re just asking everybody to be careful and start paying attention," said Taylor.