By: Lanetra Bennett
April 17, 2017
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The FSU Police Department launches its high visibility enforcement operations. Starting Monday, officers are out and about on campus making sure everyone obeys safety laws.
Officers say FSU is one of the most densely populated areas with a mix of pedestrians, bicycles, skateboards, cars, and scooters. With all of those different modes of transportation interacting, campus police are making an extra effort to keep everyone safe.
FSU student, Christine Webber, knows firsthand the dangers of traveling around campus. "I was biking and somebody was driving and they were in a hurry. So, I had to drive off the road and I flipped over my bike and had to go to the hospital. It was like $30,000 in medical bills and I failed three classes that semester. So, it was pretty rough." She said.
Chris Upperco walks everywhere he goes on campus. "One time I was nipped by a bike. But, besides that, it hasn't been too bad."
FSU Police are pulling over pedestrians, bicyclists, drivers and anyone who needs a reminder on safety.
Matteo Luzzeri has had some scary close calls skateboarding around campus. "A couple of times. Apparently these white lines that you see, drivers seem to forget about them."
Nicholas Osterer, a bicyclist, said, "I think in most cases, it's kind of more the driver's fault than it is the cyclist. So, that's my two cents."
An officer stopped Randolph Rameau on his bicycle Monday to warn him about dangers.
Rameau says other bikes are usually his issue. He said, "We think we're going to escape or evade each other, but we don't. We just kind of like bump into each other like that."
During this week's safety campaign, FSU officers will be keeping a watchful eye from patrol cars and on bicycles.
One of the officers said, "People just walk on out assuming traffic is clear. But, there's actually a turn lane. So, they get caught halfway out in the intersection instead of waiting the extra ten seconds for the light to turn for the pedestrian crossing."
FSU student, Danielle Harrison, says she always careful crossing the streets. She said, "I make sure that the driver sees me before I start crossing. I never take chances because some people here are in a hurry trying to get to class, and you don't want to get hit."
Maj. Jim Russell with FSUPD said, "Slow down, take an extra look, get off those phones, stop texting and driving, stop texting and walking. You really got to pay attention because this is a continually evolving and moving situation around you."
FSU Police say they responded to eight bike/pedestrian involved crashes in 2016.
Officers will be at four key intersections around FSU all week.
The campaign is funded by a $2,000 grant from the Florida Department of Transportation.