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Traffic, Pedestrian Safety Campaign

Contact: Kathy Johnson

 

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Speeding and disregarding traffic signals are the leading contributors to traffic-related accidents and pedestrian injuries on the roadways passing through and adjacent to the UK campus. To combat dangerous driving and pedestrian safety violations, UK Police officers will maintain stricter traffic law enforcement as well as traffic and pedestrian safety education activities.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 25, 2003) -- In response to recent pedestrian accidents on and near the University of Kentucky campus, UK Police are launching a traffic and pedestrian safety campaign.

Speeding and disregarding traffic signals are the leading contributors to traffic-related accidents and pedestrian injuries on the roadways passing through and adjacent to the UK campus. To combat dangerous driving and pedestrian safety violations, UK Police officers will maintain stricter traffic law enforcement as well as traffic and pedestrian safety education activities beginning Sept. 27.

Last year, illegal or unsafe speed and driver inattention contributed to 246 accidents on campus and in surrounding neighborhoods. A total of 11 accidents involved motor vehicles striking a pedestrian or bicyclist.

“This academic year has already begun with two students being struck by a motor vehicle while trying to cross area roadways,” said Travis Manley, public information officer for UK Police. “We want to address the problem right away.”

UK Police officers will distribute educational material when they issue citations. They plan to talk to people they witness crossing the street in areas other than crosswalks, and they will stress traffic and pedestrian safety as part of their regular programming for students living in the residence halls.

“Drivers who speed and are inattentive have less time to react to unforeseen incidents on the roadway, putting other drivers and pedestrians at high risk, especially in the highly congested areas surrounding the university,” Manley said. “These increased enforcement and educational programs are intended to bring these hazards to the attention of those traveling on and through the university community.”


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