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An accident waiting to happen

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

If you sit on 7th Avenue at Centro Ybor long enough, you'll see thousands use the two crosswalks there.

The guys at 1603 Tattoo do just that and say those crosswalks are accidents waiting to happen.

"There's been nine to 10 people an hour on average on the weekend that are almost hit by a car," said Skip Sampson of 1603 Tattoo.

Florida law states that cars have to stop for pedestrians at crosswalks when there's signage present.

There are signs at that intersection on 7th, but the guys at 1603 Tattoo didn't think they were working, so they did something about it.

"We decided to make our own signs and put them up to try to slow people down," said Sampson.

Tony Elwood is a manager at nearby Carne restaurant.

He saw those signs and thought they were a good idea.

Elwood said he's amazed no one has been seriously hurt crossing the street there.

"Most of the time it's pedestrians trying to cross the street and the cars they're more paying attention to what's going on in the city, the town, the people not really paying attention that there are people crossing the street," said Elwood.

Jean Duncan is the transportation manager for the City of Tampa.

When we brought the intersection to her attention, she saw a problem.

"We took a look at an intersection, and there's definitely some signage that we could put out to help the situation," said Duncan.

Duncan says she thinks a few things can be done to make it safer.

"We could put out some advanced warning signs to notify the drivers that there's a crosswalk coming ahead," said Duncan. "There's also some pavement markings that can be placed out there to give more high intensity look to the crosswalk."

And she said her department will soon get to work determining what should be done before someone gets hurt.

"We're definitely going to take a look," said Duncan.

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