JSO signs warn drivers to watch for pedestrians, bicyclists


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Police in Jacksonville are worried about a large number of fatal crashes on local roads, and they hope a new initiative will cut down on the crashes.

In the last month drivers around town may have seen Jacksonville Sheriff's Office sign boards warning them to slow down, and look out for pedestrians and bicyclists.

Officers say since the beginning of the year, Jacksonville has had 24 traffic fatalities, including six pedestrians, five motorcyclists and one bicyclist.

That's why they say the signs are a good idea.

"We are having an issue with traffic fatalities in Jacksonville, so we're trying to get the message out: We want people to be aware, we want people to be alert," JSO spokeswoman Melissa Bujeda said. "And anything we can do to get that message out, we're going to do it."

Jimmy Ray, who owns JR's Small Engine Repair, said the signs have been working.

"They've seen it and they keep looking at the sign, and they know if they keep seeing them and they'll know what the consequences could happen to them," Ray said.

Police said the signs continue to move around the area, but right now they're on the Southside and the Westside. Police said officers are also working to cut down on jaywalkers.