JUPITER, Fla. — A rash of traffic accidents along a 2-mile stretch of Central Boulevard during the past year has spurred the town's police department to step up traffic enforcement in the area.
According to town records, 47 accidents - nine of them with injuries - have occurred between Indian Creek Parkway and Donald Ross Road between April 2011 and April 2012. Of those, 29 occurred at or near traffic circles and 18 occurred at cross-intersections.
In an effort to reduce the number of accidents in the area as well as educate motorists, Jupiter police hosted the first in a series of traffic enforcement initiatives May 16.
During the morning-long program held in conjunction with the Palm Beach Gardens and Juno Beach police departments, officers monitored traffic along northbound and southbound lanes of Central Boulevard in the areas of Dakota Drive and University Boulevard. Twelve accidents have occurred at intersections there during the past year.
Officers issued 68 traffic citations in nearly four hours of monitoring, most for failure to stop at stop signs or for right-of-way violations, said Sgt. Scott Pascarella, public information officer for Jupiter police.
"Enforcement efforts were taken to gain compliance and ensure the safety of our motorists in Jupiter," Pascarella said.
Those efforts are expected to continue along Central Boulevard between Indian Creek Parkway and Donald Ross Road, he said.
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That section of roadway, which is an alternate route to Military Trail, includes two school zones that require drivers to slow to 25 mph during morning and afternoon drop-offs, several roundabouts, wide medians and speed limits that vary from 25 to 45 mph.
"It's a multitude of mixed use between pedestrians to bicyclists and motorists," Jupiter police Lt. Sam Miller said. "It can be somewhat tricky."
For motorists traveling that stretch of roadway, Pascarella urges caution.
"Avoid distraction," he said. "Pay attention to where you're at. Be cautious of crosswalks. Be cautious of stop signs."