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FSU PD officers stationed at busy interactions to stress pedestrian safety

Posted at 6:24 PM, Mar 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-04 18:24:13-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Florida State University Police is now stepping up to keep its pedestrians safe following multiple crashes, including one that turned deadly weeks ago.

Officers on campus are now stationed at busy intersections to talk about safety.

Many people say they're glad to see the department step up, especially after Natalie Nickchen died trying to cross an intersection on West Tennessee Street.

"It can pretty dangerous with all of the college drivers around here," said Michelle Levine, a Florida State student.

It's an issue most Florida State University students say they have to deal with: Dodging cars while trying to cross the street.

"We have work to do. We know that," said Lt. John Baker, with FSU PD. "We're out trying to get that work accomplished."

While they have handed out a few tickets, the officers are focusing more on hearing handing out tips to stay safe.

"I'm usually always on my phone when I'm walking across the street," said Dante Woodson, another FSU student. "Now, I know the importance to look up because you never know."

And hearing the issues that students feel are important to them.

"Probably enforcing like speeders," said Woody Myrtle, a student at FSU.

While there have been some students who say FSU PD should focus on the people behind the wheel and not the ones walking, many ABC 27 talked to say they're happy to see the department take initiative.

"I feel safer with the cops around here because they keep things under control and without them, things could be pretty bad," said Woodson.

FSU PD says this is an intiative that they plan to continue in hopes of keeping a safe campus for everyone.