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Delray Beach police focusing on jaywalking again after recent deaths

DELRAY BEACH - Police in Delray Beach want you to think twice before crossing the street.

Today, the department launched its second pedestrian safety initiative in conjunction with the Florida Department of Transportation and the University of South Florida.

Officers focused on the intersection of Linton Blvd and Congress Avenue today. They stopped jaywalkers to educate them about how to properly cross the road.

At this point, officers are warning pedestrians. Soon, they will begin ticketing people who cross the street illegally.

The department did the same initiative from November 2014 to May 2015. There were no fatal pedestrian crashes during that time. Since May, three jaywalkers have been struck and killed by vehicles, according to police.

"It's very sad," explains Sergeant Jeff Rasor. "If we can save just one life during this initiative, we've done our job."

The department received a $24,000 grant to pay for flyers and overtime for officers involved in the "Alert Today Alive Tomorrow" program.

The state uses data from Delray Beach police and other agencies participating in the initiative to help develop safer streets and better educational campaigns.

Police will focus on streets which see the most pedestrian incidents like Congress Avenue, Federal Highway and Atlantic Avenue.

For more information on pedestrian laws, click here.

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