Earnest Williams, age 44. David Gowens, age 54. Robert Leibrock, age 38. All Jacksonville residents. All killed while walking across state roads in Jacksonville last year. They are just three of the 32 pedestrians that FDOT, FHP, and Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office are trying to draw awareness to in a new campaign called “Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow.”
The three agencies joined together March 1 at a press conference at the Jacksonville Urban Office with the I-10/I-95 interchange as the backdrop. Jacksonville ranks in the top 10 cities in the state for pedestrian and bicycle fatalities with 41 last year, which was up from 28 in 2011.
The fault does not all fall on the pedestrian who darts out in traffic or walks in the travel lane wearing dark clothing at night. It is up to the drivers, all of us, to always be alert while driving by not being distracted with cell phones, radios, kids in the car, or worse – driving while under influence of drugs or alcohol.
The “Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow…Safety Doesn’t Happen By Accident” campaign is supported through a police crackdown, TV and bus ads, social media, and local public education activities.
Pictured Left to Right Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford District Two Secretary Greg Evans, and FHP Major Anthony Allen agree that a pedestrian and bicyclist safety campaign needs to be kicked off in Jacksonville