Thursday, November 15, 2018
News Roundup

Florida city evaluates traffic safety after 5 swan deaths

LAKELAND, Fla. ó A Florida city is evaluating traffic safety after five of its signature swans were struck and killed by motorists.

In a report by The Ledger, Lakeland Police spokesman Gary Gross said distracted driving appeared to be to blame for the swansí deaths over the last three weeks.

A sixth swan was injured. About 70 swans live on Lakelandís Lake Morton.

City officials and nearby residents plan to meet Thursday to discuss ways to slow or reduce traffic along the shoreline. An estimated 4,600 vehicles drive daily around the scenic lake.

The birds are considered city property. Itís a criminal violation to harm them or any bird or wild fowl within city limits.

Most of Lakelandís swans are descendants of a pair donated to the city by Queen Elizabeth in 1957.

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