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Safe driving over the holidays

21 November 2011 2 Comments

Detective Kelly Liddiard, UVU Police

Safety on UVU campus
As the student population grows here at UVU, so do the number of vehicles on campus. I’m sure you are aware of how difficult it is becoming to find a good place to park. With the increased number of vehicles on campus, our traffic problems are on the rise. Please drive slowly and be aware of who is walking or driving around you, especially while driving in UVU parking lots. You never know when you will have to make a sudden stop. There has been an increase in complaints of vehicles failing to stop for pedestrians. Please remember, if a person is in a crosswalk, you must stop for him or her. If you’re a pedestrian, please use a crosswalk. It may take a few extra steps to use a crosswalk; however, this is where drivers expect pedestrians to cross. If you cross outside of a crosswalk, there is a higher chance of being struck by a vehicle. If you are hit by a car because of failing to use the crosswalk, you could be held liable.

Safety while traveling home
With the holidays here, many of you will be traveling home to be with family. Please be cautious, as this is a time of year when there is an increase in highway accidents and fatalities. Please remember to get plenty of rest before a long road trip. Fatigue is a major factor in traffic accidents. You know when you are getting tired — don’t ignore it. You should immediately pull over and at least get out of the car and move around. Getting the blood moving in your body can reduce the symptoms of fatigue. Also, eating a large meal before traveling can make you feel tired.

While traveling long distances try not to become a victim. There are many predators on the roadways that are looking for people that make good victims. The majority of victims are people that are traveling alone. Suspects wait for those people to exit the roadway to get fuel or snacks and use the restrooms. The best way to prevent this is to have a travel buddy, someone going to the same area as you are (not a hitchhiker). In optimum circumstances you can share expenses and the driving. If you are not able to have a travel buddy, always stop at places where there are a lot of people. Schedule your stops at busy stores, such as Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart encourages travelers to use their parking lot as a place to rest; you will probably see many RV’s and other travelers as well. Wal-Marts are usually located close to freeways or major highways. Don’t go to the rear of buildings! If you stop at a rest area to use the restroom or just to get out and stretch, you should be fine. It is not recommended that you sleep at a rest stop during the night.

Make sure your vehicle is in shape to make the journey. Check tire tread and air pressure, and have a good spare tire as well as the tools to change a flat. Check to be sure that your windshield wiper blades function properly, top off your fluids and check belts. It is always a good idea to have your vehicle serviced before a trip, as most of these items should be checked. Be sure to have some kind of an emergency pack. Include a flashlight, water, snacks, a small first aid kit and an emergency blanket. If your vehicle should break down or if you get stuck, stay with the vehicle. In a search situation it’s easier to locate a vehicle than it is a single person. Please stay in your vehicle until help arrives.

Hopefully this message will help to keep you safe and make your trip more enjoyable.  

From all of us here at UVU Police: have a safe and happy holiday.

— Kelly

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2 Comments »

  • Clarion CX 501 said:

    Get a bluetooth car setreo reciever so you are not constantly fumbling your ipod/phone/mp3 player during long drives. There is mounting evidence that this is a major factor in accidents today. Just my two cents…happy holidays!

  • UVU Blogs » Blog Archive » President Holland’s Holiday Greeting said:

    [...] way throughout your holiday travels and diversions. I invite you to revisit last month’s safety message for some important travel tips from UVU Police. Please come back to us safe and sound for the start [...]

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