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Campus Police Getting Tough at Crosswalks

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Recent Accident Has UCF Police Writing More Tickets

– Arthur Volpe

             The intersection at Gemini Boulevard near the UCF Rec and Wellness Center has a notorious history according to campus police. On February 3rd, 2011 that section of road lived up to its reputation when a young woman was struck and injured by a passing white Toyota Corolla. The woman who remains unidentified sustained head injuries and was transported to Orlando Regional Medical Center. While she is expected to make a full recovery, the accident has brought jay-walking to the forefront of issues UCF police deals with daily. The investigation revealed that the woman was walking against the traffic signal when she was hit by a car. The woman was lucky to get away from the scene without life-threatening injuries but now campus police is changing its policy towards people who ignore cross walk signals.  

Traffic signals are often ignored at busy campus intersections

           According to UCF Police and Public Information Officer Troy Williamson, campus authorities will begin monitoring jay-walking more closely and be much more quick to hand out citations. A ticket for jay-walking will cost someone around $62.50 which police hope will be a deterrent for rushing across a busy intersection.  Authorities say the cross walk outside the UCF gym isn’t the only problem spot on campus. Other intersections include those by the East and West Plazas near UCF Arena where students have a bad habit of running across when they feel traffic isn’t coming. The increase in citations will hopefully reduce accidents near the UCF gym and all across campus as well.

             Until this point UCF police haven’t been quick to write tickets for jay-walkers mainly because it hasn’t been a priority. Sargent Troy Williamson says the main focus recently has been patrol for crime prevention. One of the biggest concerns has been a rise in recent auto thefts on campus. As a result many UCF police cars patrol campus garages. However with jay-walking showing it can be an issue, officers will have to divert attention to preventing future accidents. In a recent interview Sargent Williamson stated his desire not to hand out citations however something needs to be done. “Our job is to save lives and if it means somebody getting a ticket you can be upset. At least I don’t have to sit there and have somebody pick you up and take you out to the trauma unit at ORMC.”    

Crowded Campus Intersections

          As of today jay-walking continues on campus at UCF. Officer Will Stone of campus police mentioned numerous instances of jay-walking he has seen while on patrol. It is a problem UCF police wants to solve and hopes the increase in citations will do just that. The goal is to prevent future incidents like that seen in front of the Rec and Wellness Center. People will continue to take chances however a ticket may make someone think twice about running through a cross walk.

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Written by ArthurVolpe

February 16, 2011 at 7:02 pm

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