Video: MCSO deputy breaks three laws in less than 10 seconds

stop sign_3On April 28, 2017, a dash cam captured video of a Marion County sheriff’s deputy breaking three laws in less than 10 seconds.

The deputy in the video can be seen rolling through a stop sign, pulling out in front of another vehicle, and operating at twilight hours (dusk) with no headlights.

Under Florida statute 316.217, every vehicle operated upon a highway within this state shall display lighted lamps and illuminating devices as herein respectively required under the following conditions;

  • (a) At any time from sunset to sunrise including the twilight hours. Twilight hours shall mean the time between sunset and full night or between full night and sunrise.
  • (b) During any rain, smoke, or fog.

Due to the overhanging trees on 475A, visibility is further limited during twilight hours.

Under Florida Statute 316.123, except when directed to proceed by a police officer or traffic control signal, every driver of a vehicle approaching a stop intersection indicated by a stop sign shall stop at a clearly marked stop line.

316.192 Reckless driving —

  • (1)(a) Any person who drives any vehicle in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property is guilty of reckless driving. In Florida, a person can be arrested for reckless driving.

At minimum, running a stop sign and nearly causing an accident could be considered careless driving.

To some, the video might not seem like a big deal. However, one could argue that a civilian most certainly would face punishment had the situation been reversed.

What do you think about the video?

Rain: Drive with your headlights on, it’s the law

Fog: Drive with your headlights on; it’s the law

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  • Kevin T.

    I read the comments on facebook and don’t understand why some thing this video is ok? It is not in any way ok. Law enforcement officers have a hard job but they are not above the law. I voted for trump and argue with people all the time because people who voted for trump seem to think everyone who voted for trump should just look the other way when cops break the law. That is not right and not how this works. People should not do business with the realtor on facebook who thinks this is ok either. And had my daughter heaven forbid been in that car and broadsided that deputy I would sue them for everything they have. What good is a cop if they do not follow the very same laws they pull you over and arrest you for??? People think Blair was bad but you have not seen anything yet.

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  • DeputyDavis

    As a law enforcement officer who lives in Ocala, but works for an out-of-town agency for 16 years, this MCSO deputy was in the wrong. And for those stating that there is no stop sign coming from that side street, you are dead wrong. There is a stop sign there. I am appalled at the lack of knowledge by citizens in this town. This could have been a serious accident due to carelessness of the deputy in the video. The deputy needs to be more aware and a lot more careful. This is not acceptable by any agency standards. As for you other brothers in blue or green taking the side of the deputy, shame on you for not raising the bar. We are sworn to follow the law as well as enforce it. Now, let the traitor comments begin.

  • chevyman1969

    I see the true colors of a lot of LEOs coming out in protection of this deputy. Pay close attention people. This is when you know who the “real” law enforcement officers are. Bashing a news outlet for telling the truth. Very typical of the sheriff’s office and people affiliated with it.

  • Freemisnotfree

    All the shit heads saying there is not stop sign yet there it stands.

  • Bobbie Abbott

    My concern is when there is an obvious traffic violation and an officer ignores it. Like someone passing you on a double yellow, goes through a red light or passes you going over the speed limit. I had officers seem to ignore and continue on and Iam like your not gonna pull them over?

    • Pat

      One of the many Marion County problems…Corrupt police, spending tax dollars on roads that dont need repair,…Too many to list. Does anyone else feel the same as i do?

  • urchittingme

    Throw the book at him…nobody is above the law

    • annoyed

      Throw the book at him, but if you got pulled over for it you would be begging for him to cut you a break……

      • urchittingme

        No…I would accept what I deserved and had coming to me

  • Ken Scott

    great article keeping the people informed of dangerous public officials