BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — To remind everyone about the dangers of the Kern River, the Kern County Sheriff’s Office updated the death toll sign on Highway 178 on Friday.

At 10 a.m. KCSO updated the sign to reflect the current death toll since they started counting in 1968. The sign went from 315 deaths to 317 deaths.

KCSO updates the sign each year to include the number of lives lost in the river during the previous 12 months.

Kern County Sheriff’s Search & Rescue Unit was at the site to answer community questions and give Kern County residents tips on water safety.