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Posted: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 6:24 pm | Updated: 9:12 pm, Tue Apr 30, 2013.

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 Change.org 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.

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1 comment:

  • Renée S posted at 10:09 am on Thu, Apr 4, 2013.

    Renée S Posts: 1

    I was personally involved in trying to stop USF from building their Sarasota-Manatee campus in that location on that particularly dangerous stretch of US41. At the time, USF had the opportunity to build their campus in Lakewood Ranch (they were offered FREE land ) where accessibility would have been so much safer and easier. Yet USF insisted that their present location was a better one even when they were made completely aware of the traffic problems that existed then and were to get much worse with the addition of their campus. Yet, they still chose to build there mostly because of appearances, status and vanity of having a campus "on the water". It's just such a shame that people have to lose their lives because of their inexcusably poor planning. Way to go USF!