"Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow" campaign starts in Lee County
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FORT MYERS, Fla.- A new study points to Lee County as being one of the worst in the state when it comes to pedestrian safety.
Alex Lopez, a student at Tice Elementary, is showing a group the path he takes to school every day.
"The dangerous part is the road we have to cross," said Lopez.
Lopez and nearly half the students who go to his school walk to get there. This has caught the attention of Florida Department of Transportation officials like Billy Hattaway, district secretary for the FL DOT.
"There's a school bus stop over here for middle school and we don't even have a sidewalk for them, said Hattaway.
The group is going on what's called a "walking audit" to get a better idea of what kids go through every day getting to school.
"Alot of what we need are sidewalks. You saw on the walk, we had ditches on both sides of the road and no sidewalks," said Hattaway.
The state launched on Thursday its "Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow" safety campaign. It's designed to create awareness for pedestrians statewide. State officials in Lee County County neighborhood because of its high foot traffic.