Volume 95, Issue 57

Tuesday, January 15, 2002
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Tories to deny Queen's deregulation

Charity Ball takes on diabetes

Liz Witmer kisses USC ass, promises change

UWO clubs raise funds for starving Afghans

Crazy-ass drives concern UPD

Drive-bys? Are we in Compton?

Crazy-ass drives concern UPD

By Kristina Lundblad
Gazette Staff

The congestion of pedestrians, cars and buses in front of the Natural Sciences Centre will be monitored over the next few weeks to determine if extra enforcement needs to be implemented to reduce the chaos.

No students have been struck by cars but, in response to a student's concern, the University Police Department will be monitoring the area anyway, said UPD Const. Wendy McGowan.

"We encourage lower speeds when the number of pedestrians is high and encourage students to cross at the stop sign in front of the Medical Sciences Building," McGowan said, noting the current speed limit along Middlesex Drive is 40 kilometres per hour.

UPD will be using radar equipment to monitor speeds and police encourage students to report any incidents of reckless driving, she said.

Due to the limited visibility on the curve right before the building, the university might consider lowering the speed limit on that curve or erecting speed bumps or caution signs, McGowan said.

Sera Vavala, University Students' Council VP-campus issues, said a concerned student approached her last week regarding the high pedestrian traffic in front of the Natural Sciences Centre. Vavala then referred the student to UPD.

Evan Krofchick, a first-year Kings College student, said he thinks the problem exists because there are too many vehicles stopping in one isolated area at once.

"Sometimes in that area you've got to take an extra look because there are so many cars and buses going wild around there," he said.

At Fanshawe College, student and college leaders are urging an end to jaywalking after two separate accidents on Jan. 10, which left three people injured, said Emily Marcoccia, director of marketing and communications at Fanshawe.

Marcoccia said an awareness campaign has been started and the college is will be forming a committee to evaluate possible solutions.

Both accidents occurred on Oxford Street in the area bordered by First and Second streets, Marcoccia said, adding in both cases, the students jaywalked and did not use the nearby crosswalks.

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