Students say traffic light needed at USF Sarasota-Manatee campus

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SARASOTA - Students at USF Sarasota-Manatee say they face a danger going to school -- not on campus, but on the road right outside of it.

They say the issue is that high speed traffic on U.S. 41 in front of the school makes it hazardous for them to come in and out of campus. They want a traffic light installed that would make it easier to come and go.

They say that the traffic crash that killed Sarasota teacher Dan Giguere in February is just one of at least seven serious or deadly accidents that have happened on the stretch of U.S. 41 right in front of campus since 2006.

They say that when construction of the school started, the state set aside nearly half a million dollars for a stoplight.

But the Florida Department of Transportation tells them that there's not enough traffic to justify a light in this spot.

It became enough of an issue that the student government took up the cause, and started a petition on asking Governor Rick Scott to do something. “It seems perfectly logical that a light that’s already paid for should just be installed in front of the campus to prevent any more injuries or deaths that have already happened here,” says student body president Andrew Gold.