You probably don’t think much about walking to class until you’re crossing the street, and a car going 30 m.p.h. isn’t slowing down for you.
Many of the crosswalk areas for students are four-way intersections, with no stop or yield signs in place leaving room for near-misses and actual accidents to occur.
About a month ago, a student was struck by a vehicle on campus trying to cross the street from Mabee Hall to Barrett Hall. The student was treated for a major concussion and a few minor injuries at the hospital and is OK, but this student is not the only one who has had an encounter like this. Whether that be actually getting hit or a near-miss, this is an issue. It’s especially an issue at the crossover areas from Edwards to Barrett and Bullock to University Church/Intramural lot. Either way, the current situation is not ideal.
In addition to this, it is magnified at night by the roads not being well lit, causing drivers to not see pedestrians crossing the street.
“If you go to another campus, you would see dramatic differences,” said Julia Perry, junior speech pathology major from Austin.
Although ACU is probably not the only university with this issue, other universities have safety measures in place.
“My brother goes to Wichita State University,” Perry said. “Everything is handicap accessible as well as containing lit up streets and crosswalk areas.”
This past year, SGA passed a resolution calling for flashing crosswalk lights, yet still nothing has been done. Flashing lights at night, as well as yielding traffic signs could do wonders for students, other pedestrians and drivers.