Many pedestrians and cyclists have lost their lives in accidents around the University of South Florida campus. Today, small wooden bikes and crosses mark where the tragedies have occurred as part of a new statewide awareness effort and crackdown on traffic laws. Starting in February, USF and university police will increase warnings and citations for anyone breaking the law, no matter how minor the infraction may seem, including jaywalking. The effort is part of a statewide push to reduce pedestrian and cyclist deaths in Florida. Those given warnings or tickets will also receive educational handouts that USF and police say will help to clarify the law and remind everyone to share the road.
A person's life can change in an instant. Or so the cliché goes. The family of an Oldsmar man could attest after this New Year's Day that the cliché can be true. A young Oldsmar man was crossing a street in Oldsmar around 2 a.m. on New Year's Day when he was hit and killed by a car.