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The Jacksonville Beach Police Department said it is taking the first steps in possibly making safety improvements to 13th Avenue S.
Sgt. Thomas Crumley, a department spokesman, said the move is in response to a story First Coast News aired last week.
The story, told by reporter Jacob Long, caught drivers pushing 40 miles per hour in the 25 miles per hour zone between 3rd and 9th Streets.
Neighbors told Long the speeding is a constant problem that has them worried about safety.
It is such a heated issue, in fact, one man did not want to show his face on camera when he talked to Long about it.
"You live on the corner. What concerns you about this speeding problem?" Long asked.
The man answered, "Safety. Safety of the kids and stuff in the neighborhood. Walking, kids you know, skateboarding and bicycling."
Now, less than a week after that story aired, Crumley confirmed police are looking into possible solutions.
That process is beginning with the placement of two traffic counters on 13th Avenue S. near its intersection with 6th Street.
The counters are small rubber tubes that stretch across the road and connect with a box that's connecting data on the side of the road in the grass.
Some of the data includes how many cars travel the road every day, how fast they're going and the times of day in which they are traveling.
Crumley could not say how long the counters will be in place.
But he did say once they are removed, officers will study the data to see if a problem exists.
After that, Crumley could not say what action could be taken.