Date:             Wednesday, August 14, 2013

To:               nmsu-abcd@nmsu.edu

Subject:    Safety message - pedestrian, bicycle and driver safety

Everyone should realize by now that university students are back on campus and classes start soon.  There will be many things that have to get done before the beginning of the semester.    Yes it is a busy time, however…

This safety message is to remind you to “slow down” and observe your surroundings - even more during these times.  Raise your awareness as a walking pedestrian, or a bicyclist and as a driver.  Things will quickly change; the campus will become a busy flurry of activities and people will be everywhere.  Many do not know where they are going, so be patient and kind and helpful.   Everyone must take responsibility for the safety of our campus environment.     

Be especially careful in your attention to driving, this includes driving of all types of vehicles – even utility vehicles and golf carts.  Read this quick guide on best practices for safe campus driving http://safety.nmsu.edu/news/updates/bestpracticecampusdriver.html and require those who work for you to do so as well.  Environmental Health & Safety has developed a one hour refresher training on distracted driving that is a free class available to anyone in our NMSU community.   For a refresher, sign up here for the next Campus Driving Safety class offered on September 20, 9:00am – 10:30am at Environmental Health & Safety Training room (map).

Most importantly, please make a personal commitment to eliminate distractions while driving, riding or walking.  Do not allow technology [cell phones, message texting, web browsing, adjusting equipment] to divert your attention from the road and your surroundings. 

The NM Department of Transportation (NMDOT) launches ‘Look for Me’ pedestrian safety campaign in which local police will be targeting drivers who fail to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.   And the City of Las Cruces Police enforces an ordinance that prohibits cell phone use, unless a hands free device is used and doesn’t distract the driver.  Facilities and Services vehicle procedures enforces restrictions on cell phone use.   Actions such as sending or receiving phone calls, text or email messages are prohibited and the only exception allowed is for hands free communication devices and for emergency communication by police or emergency personnel.

This message is to promote safer streets for all

Have a safe and sustainable day!

Katrina
Katrina Doolittle, Ph.D
Executive Director for Environmental Health & Safety
NMSU Facilities and Services
PO Box 30001/ MSC 3578
Las Cruces, NM 88003
Phone (575) 646-3327
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