New speed bumps were installed on campus roads recently throughout the main section of campus and at the Falany Performing Arts Center.
According to Public Safety, there were several complaints made regarding vehicles’ speed and reckless driving on campus.
“We have always seen isolated complaints of moving violations on campus in the past, however, Public Safety has fielded many more complaints of reckless and aggressive driving this year,” Public Safety Director Jay Duncan said.
In an effort to slow all traffic on campus, the administration chose to install the new speed bumps in new areas on campus. New locations were chosen, so some of the old bumps are still present on campus.
“They were placed at points that would have the greatest impact in reducing speeds on campus, especially where there is pedestrian traffic or a potential of pedestrian traffic,” said David Leopard, vice president for finance and administration.
The new speed bumps encompass a different design to make them more effective than their predecessors.
“That design was chosen to keep drivers from going over them quickly – that is the purpose of a speed bump. The old ones were ineffective as evidenced by the high rates of speed that were observed,” Leopard said.
Ultimately, the speed bumps were installed to keep students safe. “Walking is the primary method of transportation on campus, and it is our goal to ensure the safety of pedestrians. The speed bumps assist with creating a safer campus and limiting potential accidents,” Duncan said.
Some changes have also come in student parking. This year, there are more vehicles on campus than there have been in past years, leading to an increased demand for spots.
“Over the last month, Public Safety has been conducting a parking study and we are actively researching solutions to concerns,” Duncan said. “As of now, we have more parking spaces available than parking decals issued for every area on campus.”
Duncan said Public Safety will continue to monitor this growth.
Written By: Thomas May. Photo By: Thomas May