BSU’s continued effort to increase pedestrian safety includes reducing driver speeds
MARIETTA, Ga., Jan 9, 2018—Ensuring pedestrian safety was the primary consideration behind Ball State University’s recent efforts to slow driver speeds on campus. Studies have proven that reducing speeds by just five or 10 mph can dramatically decrease fatality rates. Pedestrians hit by a vehicle traveling 40 mph have a 85 percent chance of fatality. This decreases to 45 percent at 30 mph, and 5 percent at 20 mph [Source: NHTSA].
Sara Barker, a reporter with The Ball State Daily reported on how University Police, in conjunction with Ball State’s public safety committee, agreed radar speed signs would be a proactive measure in keeping pedestrians safe on campus.
According to University Police Chief Jim Duckham, the signs were installed near the outer limits of the campus so they can provide drivers with feedback about their speed before they enter areas with high pedestrian traffic. “There’s so much pedestrian traffic, especially around McKinley and the Rec Center,” Duckham said. “We really want people to slow down.”
Read the original Ball State Daily news story here: http://www.ballstatedaily.com/article/2017/11/new-radar-speed-signs-put-up-to-slow-down-campus
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