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FSU senate passes resolution impacting safety measures for pedestrians

Posted at 1:03 PM, Feb 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-27 13:03:22-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Florida State University's Senate has passed a resolution for safer safety measures for pedestrians.

This push comes after the death of FSU Student Natalie Nickchen who died last month after being hit by a driver who ran a red light.

This decision appeals to the City of Tallahassee as well as University officials to take steps to make those intersections and crosswalks safer.

Members of the Senate say it can't force anyone to do anything but it's a move in the right direction.

A unanimous vote yes in Florida State University's Senate.

"The Senate is definitely moving in the right direction," said Carlos Rodriguez, a FSU Student.

The resolution written by students is appealing to City and University leaders to make sure crosswalks near and around campus are safe they are suggesting a pedestrian bridge and more safety precautions.

Other Senators were glad to support this action.

"We want to make sure that this doesn't happen again," said Senator Marcus.

He's talking about the recent death of FSU student Natalie Nickchen who was hit and killed while walking across Tennessee Street.

The resolution took almost a month to complete and was written by five Senators one of those being Fabian Sojos.

Sojos and other student leaders met with President Thrasher last Friday and discussed safety measures.

One student says they have already seen increased Patrol at crosswalks.

This resolution was the Senate's act of support towards making campus safer.

"This resolution is a call to action for the city and the state," said Senator Marcus.

Now that this has passed this will go to the desk of President Thrasher and Mayor John Dailey.

The five senators who wrote the bill did not want to speak out of respect of the family Nickchen.