Letter to the Editor: Deathtrap on Campus

I’m still shaking as I write this letter. Last Monday, 1 March 2010 at approximately 10:55 a.m., several students and I were about to enter the crosswalk in front of the Chemistry Building in the 1000 block of Bowers Blvd. on campus. At that moment some yahoo driving a pickup truck going at least 45 mph disregarded the crosswalk and missed killing by inches a young woman.

I am calling on Chief Morris to address this danger before we have a tragedy. I understand that we can’t have a uniformed officer posted all day at every crosswalk on campus, however, just as we have student trainees enforcing parking regulations, we could and must have someone posted at the crosswalks during prime hours of the day who can monitor compliance with both state and campus codes regarding pedestrian rights at crosswalks.

Let’s do this now, while there is still time, and not after we have to write a letter of condolence to the family of a student killed by a negligent driver.


Dr. David Ross Gerling

Department of Foreign Languages

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