STAFFORD TOWNSHIP - It is egg-laying season for certain breeds of turtles at the Jersey Shore. Many are crossing roadways that cut through their marshland habitats and being struck by cars.
In Stafford Township, one resident is trying to save as many turtles as possible on a stretch of Cedar Run Dock Road.
Hoping to get drivers to slow down and watch for them, Sam Juliano is spray painting red turtle silhouettes on the street in every spot where one lost its life.
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The nesting season will last a few more weeks. Wildlife experts are asking drivers to be especially careful in towns that surround the Barnegat Bay as it has a large turtle population.
Officials say turtles hit by cars are often pregnant, in the process of moving to higher ground to lay their eggs.
For more on the turtles, watch the clip to the left or click News 12 Extra on Optimum TV channel 612.