Man Killed While Mowing His Lawn In Cocoa Leads Police To Step Up Traffic Enforcement Operations

By  //  January 2, 2019

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Man killed in last week's crash identified as 80-year-old Richard LaChance

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BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA – Cocoa Police have begun a series of random traffic enforcement operations targeting areas where speeding and other traffic violations have been identified as problematic.

“Our goal is to educate the public about speeding in residential areas and attempt to slow the traffic,” said Traffic Officer Ben Landis.

“The speed limit is 30 miles per hour in many of these residential areas. There are residents here, people walking and cycling up and down the street. We give warnings when we can but in many cases those who speed in these areas will be ticketed.”

Police have targeted the 2100 block of Michigan Avenue where residents complained about speeding and was the scene of last week’s deadly crash that killed 80-year-old Richard LaChance while he was mowing his front yard.

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The investigation has revealed LaChance stepped into the roadway when he was mowing and was hit by a passing car. Police are still investigating the crash.

The fines for speeding can range from $134 to more than $500 depending on the location and circumstances of the violation. Officers will conduct traffic enforcement operations in random residential areas as time and resources allow.

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