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FDOT grant supports HCSO Teen Driver Education and Enforcement Operation

For Immediate Release : Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
Release Number: 23-026



The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office was awarded a $200,000 traffic safety subgrant from the Florida Department of Transporation (FDOT) for the Teen Driver Education and Enforcement Operation. 

According to the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA), teen drivers were involved in 12.1% of total traffic fatalities nationwide accounting for 4,356 fatalities in 2019. By comparison, teen drivers in Florida were involve in 11.9% of statewide crashes accounting for 380 fatalities. 

The purpose of the Teen Driver Education and Enforcement Operation is to educate teen drivers about roadway safety and conduct high visibility operations to decrease crashes involving teens that occur within Hillsborough County.  The FDOT grant will reimburse HCSO for overtime for deputies, as well as equipment, in the amount of $200,000.00 with the following breakdown:   

  • $150,000.00 for overtime salary and benefits for law enforcement officers, benefits to include FICA (Social Security and Medicare), Retirement, and Workers Compensation 

  • $50,000.00 for speed measurement devices 

The Teen Driver Education and Enforcement Operation will run through September 30, 2023.