Traffic deaths in Jax up 25% in 2012

Police urge pedestrians, bicyclists, drivers to be aware

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said it's seeing an increase in traffic fatalities this year compared to last year to date.

As of Tuesday, fatality crashes are up from 39 in 2011 to 52 in 2012.

Single-vehicle crashes involving death are up 90 percent from 10 in 2011 to 19 2012.

Pedestrian deaths are up 100 percent, from seven in 2011 to 14 in 2012.

Of the 32 deaths from a motor vehicle this year, 22 people, or 69 percent, were without seat belts.

Police said pedestrians and bicyclists need to obey traffic laws, and drivers need to be aware of crosswalks, drive cautiously and be aware of their surroundings.

Drivers who hit pedestrians are not always at fault, police said, but they said when it does occur, it is still a traumatic and life-altering experience.

Police said people need to wear their seat belts because they save lives.

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