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Steer clear of bad driving habits on campus

By Paityn Hall
On November 30, 2017

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Driving safety on and near campus has become a growing issue. While this may not seem obvious to some, it certainly is to those who do their best to follow Kirkwood’s driving rules or have experienced a close call.  

 The main concern regarding unsafe driving is that there are so many bodies and vehicles to begin with. With hundreds of people including students, faculty and staff entering and exiting campus every hour, there is really no room for error.  

 If students are distracted, blatantly ignoring or refusing to follow safety procedures, there is a chance for not only car accidents to occur but other incidents as well. It would be a shame if a student walking to class were to get hit by a vehicle because another was not paying attention or chose to disregard a traffic control measure.  

 Anyone driving on campus should be expected to follow safe driving procedures not limited to stopping completely at stop signs and looking both ways before exiting a parking lot. Many students choose to disregard speed limits or fail to stop when other students are attempting to cross in the designated crosswalks.  

 Special care should be taken when entering and exiting the roundabout at the main entrance of campus. 

A slow pace should be maintained per the speed limit sign, as well as being prepared to yield when necessary. If one is in doubt about whether or not it is safe to go, waiting is the best option. While it may be upsetting for someone to take another’s turn, it is much more safe than two cars proceeding at the same time. 

 Safety regulations are not put into place to annoy students trying to get to class on time. In fact, they mirror many state traffic laws and are genuinely in place to prevent students, staff, and faculty from being injured while moving around campus grounds. 

 Kirkwood is meant to be a safe place but this can only happen when each and every individual is doing their own part by following safety procedures.  

 While driving around campus should be a fun part of the college experience, it is important to remember that it comes with a lot of responsibility, especially in an area with such a large number of pedestrians as well as other vehicles.  

 If a student is unsure about Kirkwood’s driving safety procedures or has seen something they feel is unsafe, Campus Security can be contacted at (319)-389-1774.

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