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November 2, 2012

Hold Up: How To Handle Traffic Stops In Sarasota

What to do if you get pulled over in Sarasota, Florida

Getting pulled over is never a fun experience. However, you can make the experience easier on yourself by staying calm, being prepared and not giving the police any reason for further suspicion. Staying in control of your emotions and the situation will also help you down the line if you choose to fight any ticket you may receive. Here are the top five tips for handling a traffic stop in Sarasota.

  1. Pull Over: As soon as you see the flashing lights in your rear view mirror (or other indication that you are being pulled over) be sure to do so quickly so the police officer knows you are not trying to escape the stop. Always use necessary signals when getting over and try to position your vehicle in a safe location on the side of the road.
  2. Calm Down: It is easy to get overly emotional before even speaking to the police officer. Whether the officer is nice or not, you should approach the conversation politely. Other than rolling down your window to speak with the police officer, you should remain relatively still and wait until you are told to show your license and registration.
October 22, 2010

Bradenton Drug Charges – Manatee Traffic Stop Leads To Police Chase And Cocaine Trafficking Charges

A routine traffic stop for a speeding ticket issued by radar turned into a police chase. When the pursuit ended the driver was arrested for numerous charges including cocaine trafficking.
September 8, 2010

Florida Traffic Ticket News – North Florida Law Enforcement Issues Tons Of Traffic Citations Over Labor Day Weekend

There were plenty of traffic citations written in Florida on Labor Day weekend. The number of DUI arrests in Florida was not terribly high.
April 23, 2010

Florida Speeding Tickets – How Can An Airplane Catch Me Speeding In Florida?

Speeding tickets in Florida are often issued with the aid of airplanes. DO you know how an airplane can help issue you a Florida speeding citation?
April 19, 2010

Sarasota Reckless Driver Ends Up Dead Following High-Speed Chase

Ronald Daly was stopped in Sarasota on Beneva Road after police received a report of a reckless driver. The 50-year-old may have been issued a traffic ticket but he sped away before Sarasota County Sheriff’s could write him a citation. That led to a high-speed chase and ultimately to Daly’s death.
According to a story in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Daly was stopped at 11:30 p.m. but he sped away. During the high speed chase Daly lost control of his 2010 Chevy and crashed into a tree. He was reportedly not wearing a seat belt and died at the scene. There have been no details as to why police believe Daly fled the scene. He was driving erratically but there has been no mention of a drunk driving charge or an outstanding arrest warrant that may have caused him to flee.
March 19, 2010

Tampa And Sarasota Traffic Ticket Numbers Are In From Click It Or Ticket Campaign

The Florida Highway Patrol released their numbers when it came to Florida traffic tickets following their two-week Click It or Ticket campaign. While there were a staggering 36,858 traffic citations issued statewide we reported yesterday that only about 18% were for seat belt violations. Now Tampa and Sarasota have weighed in with their ticket numbers.

The Sheriff’s Office issued 494 traffic tickets in Sarasota for seat belt violations during the campaign. Nearly 10% of those who received seat belt violation citations in Florida were from the Tampa Bay area. According to the St Pete Times 633 seat belt violation tickets were issued in Tampa Bay alone. That number is almost triple the amount of seat belt tickets that were issued last year during the same period when Tampa Bay law enforcement issued 230 traffic citations for not wearing a seat belt.…

March 18, 2010

Florida Traffic Ticket Total Nears 37,000 For Statewide Click It or Ticket Campaign

The Florida Highway Patrol released their final number of Florida traffic tickets written during their two-week Click It or Ticket campaign. A staggering 36,858 traffic citations were issued yet only 6,550 of those were for seat belt violations, which was the focus of the campaign. The percentage of tickets issued for seat belt violations during this seat belt enforcement campaign was just over 17%.

The FHP also reported 311 arrests for DUI and driving under the influence of drugs resulting from the stops. According to the FHP’s own release there were more than 10,000 Florida speeding tickets issued and an equal number of motorists assisted.…

February 10, 2010

Two Pedestrians And A Bicyclist Killed On Tampa Bay Roads In Just 12 Hours

A rash of fatal car accidents involving pedestrians and bike riders struck the streets of Tampa Bay in the last 12 hours. Two pedestrians and a bicyclist were all killed by cars beginning Tuesday night. Of the three fatalities, two are being investigated as criminal acts and the drivers are expected to be charged with hit and run. Authorities are still searching for two drivers for leaving the scene of an accident.

The rash of traffic fatalities began Tuesday evening when a driver in Pinellas County ran over a pedestrian and then
left the scene of the accident. Witnesses say the vehicle was a black 4-door Infiniti sedan. At 3:10 a.m. another hit and run took place with a pedestrian fatality only this one occurred in Tampa on Dale Mabry. Officers found the grill of a Volkswagen with blood on it at the scene of the deadly crash. The last accident involved a man riding his bicycle near East Hillsborough Avenue. According to Bay News 9, there are no charges anticipated in this case.…

January 26, 2010

Motorcyclist Charged With Hit And Run In Sarasota After Leaving His Passenger Hurt On The Road

Florida Highway Patrol troopers have charged an Illinois man with two counts of hit and run following a motorcycle accident in Sarasota County. According to The Sarasota Herald Tribune, 52-year-old Armando Tellez has been charged in conjunction with an accident that took place in Osprey around 2:00 a.m.

Tellez allegedly was riding his motorcycle with a female passenger. The Illinois man crashed his bike and then left the scene of the accident leaving his injured passenger on the road. The woman was badly hurt according to the FHP but is expected to survive despite being listed in serious condition.…

January 19, 2010

Pasco County Woman Awaiting Extradition From NY Due To Fatal Motorcycle Crash Last Year

Deborah Terrero, formerly of Hudson, Florida was arrested in New York this past weekend on a fugitive from justice warrant issued in December. The 53-year-old woman is accused of causing the death of a passenger on the back of a motorcycle in a crash that took place April 5. According to, Terrero has a long history of traffic tickets and citations in Florida. She has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident in 2006, she has received five speeding tickets and had her license suspended several times for failure to either appear in court or pay her traffic tickets.

Terrero could possibly be extradited for this latest traffic incident. According to the FHP the former Hudson resident pulled her SUV out onto U.S. 19 in front of a motorcycle driven by Kenneth L. Dillon. Dillon tried to avoid the collision but Terrero allegedly pulled into the center lane causing the collision. Dillon’s passenger was thrown from the motorcycle and died. Dillon suffered serious injuries. …

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