MCSO conducts traffic patrols to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety

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MARION COUNTY, Fla. (WCJB)-- Marion County Sheriff's Deputies will be out in force over the next few months, reminding drivers and pedestrians about traffic laws.

Soon drivers can expect to see an increased presence of traffic deputies on South Pine Avenue, from Southeast 17th Street to Southeast 80th Street, as the Marion County Sheriff's Office conducts High Visibility Enforcement Patrols.

The sheriff's office has joined the University of North Florida and the Florida Department of Transportation for FDOT's 'Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow' campaign.

The state identified this area to have more traffic crashes resulting in serious injuries to pedestrians and bicyclists.

Deputies hope that this partnership will help teach the public about traffic laws in an effort to prevent more crashes.

"We'll do a traffic stop an make contact with them and heard them out some educational information so rather than making it stop where people are so used to getting a ticket, we'll give them some pamphlets and some information,' said Sgt. Roy Hay.

Citizens should expect to see an increased presence of traffic deputies on these roads starting next week.

Deputies will continue these patrols until Friday, May 15, 2020.