With thousands of people traversing campus every day – on foot and behind the wheel – it's crucial to stay alert and look out for your fellow Mountaineers.
University Police officers are patrolling the roads in and around campus for your safety. And officers are looking out for signs of erratic and dangerous driving and doing targeted enforcement in partnership with the Governor’s Highway Safety Program for Click it or Ticket, Target Red, DUI and Distracted Driving.
In addition to these enforcement efforts, University Police offers these tips to keep you safe as you travel about campus:
Pedestrian Safety Tips
- Cross at marked crosswalks and intersections, and obey the signals.
- Be alert for moving vehicles and bicycles.
- Stay to the right and avoid walking in bike lanes.
- When there are no sidewalks, jog or walk facing traffic.
- Make eye contact with oncoming drivers and show your intention to cross.
- Don’t forget to look up from your phone.
- When walking at night, wear bright colors and stay in well-lit areas.
- Don’t step into traffic from behind an obstruction.
- Turn down the volume of your phone.
- Head up, phone down: hang up while walking.
- Don’t wear headphones or talk on the phone while crossing a street.
- Don’t walk and text.
- Never rely on a car to stop; expect it won’t.
Driver Safety Tips
- Stay alert for pedestrians.
- Slow down during bad weather.
- Be extra cautious at night – pedestrians can be hard to see.
- Always yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk.
- Do not pass vehicles stopped in a cross walk.
- Never drive under the influence.
- Obey all traffic lights and signals. Running a red light is never worth the risk.
- Reduce your speed for yellow traffic lights.
- Never text and drive.
- Don’t wear earbuds while driving.
Visit the University Police website for more information.