Crosswalk Safety Awareness Day Today

The 8th Annual Crosswalk Safety Awareness Day is being observed in Arkansas Wednesday, Oct. 12.

The Associated Student Government is organizing student groups as volunteers to monitor crosswalks across campus, while Facilities Management workers will monitor the crosswalk near their building on Razorback Road. University of Arkansas Police will be patrolling the various crosswalks as well, and ticketing violators.

Similar crosswalk activities will be going on in Fayetteville and in towns and cities across the state.

Arkansas law requires drivers to stop for pedestrians crossing in a designated crosswalk on the University of Arkansas campus, and the main purpose of Crosswalk Safety Awareness Day is to help drivers understand that law.  It is also an opportunity to remind all university members that the law requires pedestrians to use the crosswalks, as well. Finally, it’is a reminder that pedestrians should use caution when entering a crosswalk: don't assume a driver will stop. Look left, right, and left again before crossing.

During educational activities surrounding the day, volunteers ask pedestrians “Why wouldn’t someone stop for you in a crosswalk?” The question is geared to make people think of all the reasons they should look both ways before entering a crosswalk.

Crosswalk Safety Awareness Day in Arkansas was founded eight years ago in Fayetteville in an effort to keep pedestrians and motorists safe at crosswalks.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 4,092 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents in the United States in 2009, 36 of them in Arkansans. The good news is that those numbers are down from the previous year.

The goal is, with more events like Crosswalk Safety Awareness Day, that those numbers will continue to drop.

Contacts

Steve Voorhies, manager of media relations
University Relations
479-575-3583, voorhies@uark.edu


Editor-selected comments will be published below. No abusive material, personal attacks, profanity, spam or material of a similar nature will be considered for publication.

comments powered by Disqus

Headlines

College of Education, Health Professions to Honor Alumni, Former Dean

Robin Bowen, Anna Egalite, Yvonne Johnson and Reed Greenwood will be recognized at a reception May 12 and commencement May 13.

Ungar's New Book, 'Evolution's Bite,' to Be Released in May by Princeton Press

Renowned anthropologist Peter Ungar’s latest book follows dietary clues from fossil teeth to trace the impact of diet on human evolution.

Rhoads, Hill, Hartwell Earn Collis R. Geren Awards

Winners of the 2017 Collis R. Geren awards for excellence in graduate education will be honored at a recognition event at noon today in the Gearhart Hall Courtyard.

Finalists for Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion to Visit U of A Campus

The new vice provost will create a campus plan to improve diversity and inclusion and lead efforts to define and expand view of diversity.

Roger Gross, Shakespearean Scholar and Longtime Department of Drama Faculty Member, Dies at 86

Roger Gross, professor emeritus in the Department of Drama passed away on April 23, 2017. He joined the University of Arkansas in 1980 as the first Chair of the Department of Drama.

Newswire Daily