Jacksonville, Florida, United States — There are only about two hours left before Florida’s red traffic light countdown ends.
That’s because a group of officers in the Jacksonville Police Department have been stuck in traffic lights for more than 20 hours.
The first signal they noticed was a red light on the intersection of East Main Street and North Avenue, where the traffic light had already turned green.
A second signal was on the same intersection, which was a green light.
But then, on the corner of East Fifth Street and South Fifth Street, the signal turned green again.
“We had to go back to the intersection, go back across the street and go back and forth,” says Lt.
“It was a little bit of a scramble, and it was a bit frustrating.”
After that, the officers had to scramble back across an intersection, turn around and go up another one, before finally finding the intersection where they were supposed to stop for the second red light.
Murchison says that when the officer had to get back to their car to stop, he was trying to get the red light signal to stay green.
“The officers were trying to figure out where to go because it was almost like it was stuck,” he says.
Merrison said he thinks the problem is a lack of communication between the officers and the department.
The officers, Murchinson says, were stuck in the traffic lights because they were working for the city of Jacksonville, and they didn’t get a call from the city.
“We have been working for three years and this is the first time we’ve had a red signal go out on the city,” he said.
The department says they are investigating what caused the problem.
The Jacksonville Police Association issued a statement on Wednesday afternoon, saying that the officers were on overtime and needed to get home.
“They were working overtime to make sure they did everything that they could to be there to help out, and unfortunately we are in a position where it’s not always possible for them to do that,” the statement read.