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Tampa police are stepping up their patrols on three roads that have been deadly for pedestrians.

The Tampa Police Department announced on Friday that they will put more officers on Fowler Avenue, Busch Boulevard, and Hillsborough Avenue.

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The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is working on road safety enhancements for pedestrians and bicyclists as the Tampa Bay area is ranked among the most dangerous metropolitan areas in the United States for pedestrians.

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The Tarpon Springs Police Department will be cracking down on traffic violations, specifically those endangering pedestrians. Starting Friday, there will be an increased police presence in the city, all due to a grant from the Florida Department of Transportation.

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Public school students went back to class today in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Manatee Counties. Next week, students in Pasco and Polk Counties start the 2016-17 school year. And for students in Sarasota County, the start date is August 22.

And all of these students are heading to school in cars, on bikes and on foot. For those getting to school on foot, they might not know that Florida is among the deadliest in the nation.

Florida was among the nation’s worst in pedestrian deaths in the first half of 2015, part of a 10 percent increase nationwide, according to an analysis of preliminary state traffic fatality data.