Travel safely! March is traffic safety month at Evergreen.
The office of College Relations and department of Police Services are working together to inform and educate all campus community members how to be safer drivers, bikers and pedestrians. From posters, safety talks and radio spots on KAOS Radio, to traffic safety patrols on and around campus roadways, this campaign involves everyone in making Evergreen a safer campus.
Be seen and follow the law! Most fatal bicycle accidents occur between 3 pm. and 6 p.m. Brush up on bicycle traffic laws by stopping at Police Services for a brochure, or go to http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/bike/Laws.htm.
Walk safely! Always walk on the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk and you have to walk in the road, always walk facing traffic, so you can see any car that might go out of control. Dress to be seen. Brightly colored clothing makes it easier for drivers to see you during the daytime. At night, be sure to wear special reflective material on your shoes, cap or jacket to reflect the headlights of cars coming towards you.
Drivers: Slow down!
Speeding is one of the most prevalent factors contributing to traffic crashes. The Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates the economic cost to society of speeding-related crashes to be $40.4 billion per year. In 2004, 13,192 people died in speeding-related crashes. Most speeding-related fatalities occur on roadways where the speed limit is under 55 mph.