During the course of an average day at the University there may be as many as 50,000 people traveling on campus -- in cars, on motorcycles, mopeds, bicycles, skateboards, scooters, or on foot. This makes campus a very busy place, and can create dangerous situations for everyone if they don’t pay attention.
UMPD and other campus groups work hard to educate the community about the hazards of commuting on campus, and how to stay safe while doing so. UMass has started an initiative to educate the community about road safety called “R U ready 2 stop? Turn off. Tune in. Watch Out.” The overall objective is to educate pedestrians about the dangers of walking through campus while being distracted by things like cell phones, iPods, or other devices. Combining this program with UMPD’s enforcement on vehicles that do not stop for pedestrians in crosswalks, we hope to make UMass a safer place for everyone.
Cross Safely, Drive Safely: Pedestrian Safety is up to Everyone!
Did you know…
- In 2010 4,280 Pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States.
- There were 70,000 pedestrians injured in traffic crashes in 2010.
- 35% of the pedestrians killed were legally drunk.
- 13% of drivers involved were legally drunk.
- You can be fined up to $200 for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.
Pedestrians… Take the Time to Cross Safely
- Use pedestrian crosswalks and obey pedestrian Walk/Don’t Walk Signals.
- Cross intersections carefully – don’t assume vehicles will stop.
- Take extra care at dusk and dawn. Solar Glare, darkness, rain, etc. can make it difficult for drivers to see you.
Drivers… STOP for Pedestrians!
- Stop for pedestrians in crosswalks.
- Beware of other drivers yielding for pedestrians.
- Beware of solar glare.
- Don’t Drink and Drive – 49% of all pedestrian fatalities involve alcohol – either by the driver or the pedestrian.