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It’s back to school time in Hillsborough County.
So, in keeping with the season, here’s a pop quiz:

Question: What is the fine for speeding in a school zone?
Answer: Fines range from $143 to $443 or a mandatory court date, depending how fast you were speeding.

Question: What is the fine for passing a stopped school bus?
Answer: Passing one with its stop sign displayed will cost you $258. Passing one on the entry/exit side is a mandatory court date.

Question: Who is responsible for the safety of school children?
Answer: All of us.

It’s time for everyone to be extra careful, especially the motorists. Slow day, be extra aware.
Plenty of children will be walking and biking to school – twice a day.
Pay attention to the school crossing guards. Pay attention to the speed limits. Pay attention to the school buses. Pay attention to the heavy traffic around schools.

When it comes to the lessons of safety and our children, let’s all go for an A!
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Give us 2 minutes and we'll give you the news from around the county. Check out an all new Inside HCSO!
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Here's an all new Inside HCSO, check it out!

Give us 2 minutes and we'll give you the news from around the county. Stay up to date with your Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office on "Inside HCSO", our own web-based newscast offering information, announcements and features available only to our viewers. "Inside HCSO'' provides a unique perspective on the operations and the personnel of the Sheriff's Office.
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Unlicensed contractors are a problem everywhere. They prey on unsuspecting homeowners looking to save money on home repairs and remodeling projects. HCSO is doing something about it.

See this story and more on Inside HCSO Season 8 Episode 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QeCjfX1vbY
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Check out an all new Inside HCSO!

Give us 2 minutes and we'll give you the news from around the county. Stay up to date with your Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office on "Inside HCSO", our own web-based newscast offering information, announcements and features available only to our viewers. "Inside HCSO'' provides a unique perspective on the operations and the personnel of the Sheriff's Office.
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Typically a game camera is set up in the woods so hunters can keep an eye on the wildlife passing through a certain area. In this case, a homeowner used his game camera to spot a thief who broke into his house in Brandon.

See this story and more on Inside HCSO Season 8 Episode 2 here: http://youtu.be/4LoviS_mEjU
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What began as a nature hike in a state park wound up being a search and rescue event.

See this story and more on Inside HCSO Season 8 Episode 2 here: http://youtu.be/4LoviS_mEjU
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HCSO was honored to again participate in this year’s Police Unity Tour. The event raises awareness of Law Enforcement Officers killed in the line of duty and generates money for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and Museum in Washington, D.C.

See this story and more on Inside HCSO Season 8 Episode 2 here: http://youtu.be/4LoviS_mEjU
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With tropical storm activity forecast to affect the Tampa Bay area this weekend, now is the time to prepare and Sheriff Chad Chronister has some tips to keep you and your family safe.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is transitioning to storm mode now, which means, a number of high water response assets like high water recovery vehicles, small boats, air boats, and canoes will be pre-positioned.

“The best way to weather a storm is to prepare before it gets here. While we will always stand ready and be there when we are called, we want to make sure you are ready with us,” said Sheriff Chad Chronister. “The Sheriff’s office is prepared and we’re asking everyone to prepare as well.”

STORM SAFETY – DO’s and DONT’s

What is your Community's flood risk?

There are different reasons a community may flood; storm surge, river flooding, or heavy rainfall. Low-lying or poorly drained areas can also increase a community's flood risk. To protect yourself, learn what flood threats affect your community.

Determine if there are rivers or creeks that flood frequently.

Is your home located in a low-lying area?

Determine your home's elevation.

How Do I Keep Myself and My Family Safe During a Flood?


Before the flood reaches your area:

Know if flood waters might affect your home and property.

Know your elevation above flood stage and which flood zone you are in.

Develop a flood emergency action plan.

Evacuate immediately, if advised to do so.

Bring important documents with you.

Move to a safe area before access is cut off as emergency services may be hindered by the same flood waters.

Keep abreast of road conditions through the news media.

During the flood:

Avoid areas subject to flooding. Do not attempt to cross flowing water.

Never drive through flooded roadways. Nearly half of all people killed in floods are those who try driving through flooded areas.

Do not drive around barricades, they are there for your protection.

If your vehicle stalls, leave it immediately.

Never try to walk through or allow children to play around flood water. Dangerous undertows and rip currents may be present even in shallow water.

After the flood:

Do not visit disaster areas, your presence may hamper emergency operations.

Throw out food that has come into contact with the floodwater and boil drinking water before using it.

Stay out of buildings that remain in flood waters.

Do not handle live electrical equipment in wet areas.

If the power is out, use flashlights to examine buildings. Flammables may be inside.

Report broken utilities to the correct authorities.

Additional hazard information can be found at www.floridadisaster.org
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