On Wednesday, the Florida Highway Patrol announced an increase in pedestrian-involved traffic accidents in the Tampa Bay area this year, urging those traveling by foot to be cautious.
The FHP divides the state into different "troops." Hernando County is one of seven counties designated as Troop C — a 5,000-mile stretch from the Sunshine Skyway at the southern end to the Crystal River Nuclear Power Plant at the northern end.
Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties had the highest numbers of pedestrian fatalities within Troop C this year, with 12 deaths in Hillsborough and Pinellas, and 11 in Pasco.
At the time of the FHP release, Troop C had 331 accidents that involved pedestrians in 2012, with 41 fatalities.
Three of these fatalities were in Hernando County. All three deaths were female pedestrians, though 72 percent of fatalities this year were male.
According to the FHP, one out of eight pedestrians involved in a traffic accident will not survive. Nearly 90 percent of these deaths happened in the early evening or night.
The FHP report also noted two-thirds of the pedestrian deaths happened when the pedestrian did not yield to oncoming traffic.