Road Accidents and Delays in USF
Organizations and institutions are currently facing a lot of problems. In every workplace,
there are issues and challenges erupting now and then. Some of the challenges require quick
attention while others are manageable and there is nothing much that can be done (Rahman,
Adnan & Hamid, 2017). Most of the problems in the workplace have solutions that can be
implemented to solve the issue. UAF Campus is facing various problems that need quick
attention. This paper seeks to explain one of the major problems that USF is facing and how it's
affecting the working environment.
USF is a big campus that holds a large population of both students and staff. Movement
within the campus is a bit flexible and most people especially the daily commuters they use
personal cars to facilitate their movements (Zainal, Borhan & Yaakub, 2019). Within the
institution, the movement from one hall or office to another is around 15 minutes and most
people use bicycles or they walk. A plague of the road of road accidents within the campus has
haunted the institution for a long time.
Research shows that USF is the leading campus with a lot of bicycle and pedestrian
accidents. According to a police report USF has twelve accidents happening within the school
premises within the first week of a semester. The accidents are increasing every day especially
accidents that are involving pedestrians and vehicles. Most of the pedestrians involved in such
accidents are students.
Explanation of the accidents and delays
Pedestrians, in this case, includes the cyclists and the skaters who as well have been
involved in accidents because they are traveling faster than a person who is walking. The people
most affected by the accidents are students who end up losing their lives, acquiring some
disabilities or missing school while seeking medical attention (Rahman, Adnan & Hamid, 2017).
The campus has some busy intersections where both vehicles and pedestrians have to use the
same road. Most of the accidents that have been reported have happened within these
There have also been delays in traffic within the campus. The traffic police are on watch
out every time to reduce the delays and identify the causes of the delays. These delays affect
people's schedules and cause lateness (Zainal, Borhan & Yaakub, 2019). In some cases the use
of personal vehicles it's unavoidable because some of the staff and students commute from quite
a distance. It so happens that the nonresidents are more than the residents.
It’s a very awful occurrence when one gets to the campus premises on time only to be
delayed by the checking officer at the entrance or an accident that just happened. Students find it
hard getting to class on time because of the traffic delays especially at the busy road intersections
of the campus. Considering all the factors accidents have been the main causes of delays on the
campus roads as well us checkups at the entrance.
Causes of accidents and delays.
On the streets of Tampa Campus within the University of South Florida, most of the
students can’t get enough of their phones. Most of the accidents involving the students are
caused by the recklessness of the students walking while using the phone. Social media has
stolen the student's minds to a point they cannot do without it even while walking. Researchers
did a thorough research with Tampa Campus to identify the major causes of accidents and found
out that most students are not careful; while crossing the road (Basbas, Nikiforiadis & Kolonas,
2018, May). The main distraction was their phones. The campus has not yet put up warning
boards to warn students of the dangers of using phones while crossing the road. This happens to
be ignorance and they seem not worried. Through observation, most of the students while
walking their heads are bowed down their eyes fixed on their cell phones. Their minds shifted
into the world of social media such that even when a driver hoots at them they can't hear.
Some of the students openly shared and said that even while crossing an intersection they
don’t pay any attention to the streetlights (Rahman, Adnan & Hamid, 2017). They cross blindly
while staring on their phones. It's a bad habit that has led to many being hurt and others acquiring
a permanent disability. In the past few years accidents within the campus, premises had declined
but it was noticed a year after the Apple digital company introduced a new smartphone model,
the accidents level increased. This clearly shows that most of the accidents are caused by
cellphone distractions especially social media, games and other digital mobile phone activities.
On the other hand, the motorist can also be distracted by their phones and lose it. The
highest population on the campus are students even the motorists are students and they are all
carried away by social media and the digital world (Basbas, Nikiforiadis & Kolonas, 2018, May).
A motorist within the campus shared that sometimes he is very careful to check the signs and
rules but other times he might be distracted by a notification on his phone.
A police spokesman reported that the careless driving is also a major of campus road
accidents. Young adults dwell in a state of naivety and carelessness whereby they rarely think of
the repercussions of their actions (Ilgaz & Saltan, 2017). Cases reported of careless motorists
causing accidents are mostly students who just driving at a very high speed or refused to give
way. Over speeding is a contributing factor that has caused fatal accidents most of them leading
A psychologist during an interview stated that it's a young people's habit to over speed
especially where there are their peers probably seeking attention or recognition. Some of the
motorists are under the influence of alcohol or drugs, especially on weekends. These are
irresponsible behaviors that young people involve in and finally cause accidents which affect
other innocent people on the roads (Ilgaz & Saltan, 2017).
The population affected
The biggest population affected by road accidents in USF is the young people who
happen to be the students. The police report shows that over ten thousand people die through
road accidents. The staff is as well affected by the delays on the checkpoints whereby research
has it that around 60% of the workers get to the job on time while 30% are held up by the delays
on the campus road. The students are also affected by the delays. 18 percent of the students live
in the college hostels while 82 percent of the students live outside school. In this case, most of
the people affected are the students because most of them are non-residents. The campus
population has increased which has also led to an increase in the accidents.
In conclusion, therefore, accidents are prone to most institutions but currently they have
risen due to irresponsible habits and addictions among young people. Death caused by accidents
in Tampa Campus USF is rising every year thus precautions should be taken as well as
introducing ways on how to keep the students alert on the use of roads. As stated in the above
discussion accidents are like a plague that is haunting the University of South Florida. Devices
should be implemented and installed on phones to alert individuals when they get to an
intersection to check out their surroundings.
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