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Vehicle and Pedestrian Safety

Pedestrian Distractions

When using a cell phone, pedestrians commonly:

  • Walk slower
  • Are less likely to notice other objects in their environment
  • Select smaller crossing gaps in traffic
  • Are less likely to look at traffic before starting to cross the road
  • Are less likely to wait for traffic to stop
  • Are less likely to look at traffic while crossing the road
  • Are more likely to walk out in front of an approaching car

Using electronic devices like cell phones and MP3 players while walking can increase your likelihood of being involved in a motor vehicle accident. Pay attention to your surroundings and avoid distractions. No plan or strategy guarantees your safety; all you can do is remain cautious and take no unnecessary chances. The more careful you are, the safer you will be.

Pedestrian Safety Tips

  • Use a marked crosswalk when one is available
  • Stop before proceeding across a roadway
  • Use sidewalks when they are available
  • On roads without sidewalks, walk on the left, facing traffic
  • When walking at night, wear something reflective or carry a flashlight
  • Do not use cell phones, iPods, and other handheld devices at intersections

Stop by The Office of Commuter Student Services & Off-Campus Living in the Student Activities Center (SAC), room 225 for a free reflective vest.

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Bicycle/Skateboard Safety

If you are using a bicycle or skateboard to get to and from your destination, please remember to use some basic safety tips such as:

Wear a helmet

  • The use of a helmet while cycling or skateboarding significantly reduces the chance of riders sustaining severe injuries as a result of a fall.
  • Wearing lightly colored clothing is also recommended to increase your visibility. If you are riding at night, reflectors and reflective clothing should also be worn.

Use Extreme Caution

  • Skateboarders and cyclists should use extreme caution at all times when traveling on campus, remaining mindful of the right of others to a safe campus environment. Skateboards and bicycles shall not be ridden into campus buildings and classrooms and shall be stored so as not to create an obstruction/trip hazard or cause damage to University property.
  • When riding, bicyclists and skateboarders are required to obey all rules of the road, including traffic signs, signals, and road markings. Always be aware of the traffic around you. Before entering a street or intersection, be sure to check for traffic.

Put It Down

  • The use of iPods, cellular phones and other electronic devices while riding reduces your ability to be aware of your surroundings. Electronic device impairment puts everyone at risk.
  • Please protect yourself and help make this campus a safer place for everyone by following the recommendations above and by using a common sense approach when traveling to your destination.
Driver Safety

Driving While Distracted (DWD)

  • Distraction from cell phone use while driving (hand held or hands free) extends a driver's reaction time as much as having a blood alcohol concentration at the legal limit of .08 percent.
  • The number one source of driver inattention is use of a wireless device.
  • Drivers that use cell phones are four times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves.
  • 10 percent of drivers aged 16 to 24 years old are on their phone at any one time.
  • Driving while distracted is a factor in 25 percent of police reported crashes.
  • Driving while using a cell phone reduces the amount of brain activity associated with driving by 37 percent.

Driver Safety Tips

  • Obey all posted traffic signs on campus
  • Be sure to come to a full stop at every STOP sign
  • Remember to slow down when driving on campus
  • Don’t forget to watch for and yield to pedestrians
  • Don’t pass vehicles stopped at crosswalks
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