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Deputies targeting four main roadways to prevent bicyclist, pedestrian deaths

Deputies focus on peds, bicyclists on 4 roadways
Posted at 7:58 AM, Nov 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-07 08:51:26-05

"I don't take no chances. No chances,” said Takesha Jolly.

She can’t when she is walking along East Fletcher Avenue.

"Too many people getting hit and killed every day,” said Jolly. "I got five kids so.”

She knows crossing anywhere other than a crosswalk is a risk or a ticket.

"Jaywalk-- oh yeah. That's a big fat ticket,” said Jolly.

Here’s fair warning: Hillsborough County Deputies are educating, even ticketing bicyclists and pedestrians taking chances, jaywalking or riding illegally, along four major corridors.

They are the following:

  • Fletcher between Nebraska and Bruce B Downs Boulevard
  • Waters Avenue West Corridor from Sheldon Road to Himes Avenue North
  • Sheldon Road Corridor between Hillsborough Avenue West and Linebaugh Avenue.
  • Hillsborough Avenue from Sheldon Road to George Road

"Yeah, I'm going to go get on the 400,” said Dwight Craig.

Craig is on his way to catch a bus downtown and doesn’t want to take any chances either.

"I ride the sidewalk and stay out of the way,” said Craig.

Better not to take chances, when so many drivers are.

"They could on the phone texting. They could be on the phone,” said Jolly. "Doing makeup. Reading the paper. Anything and then some people get, you know, hit."