After residents of the Tampa Bay rejected a previous plan, the Florida Department of Transportation brought forth a new plan that proposes to add express toll lanes on Interstates 4 and 275 as well as other expansions. Leaders proposed the new plan, Tampa Bay Next. Just recently, residents got a look at this new transportation plan for the area.
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.
It is unfortunately a common occurrence that a driver following traffic rules is seriously injured or dead after a car accident. This type of accident occurred earlier this week in Spring Hill, Florida. An older woman who had a green light was making a left turn when a pickup truck slammed into her vehicle.