Vehicles stop for pedestrians at crosswalks because that's what the law specifies.
Feb. 1, signs appeared in the middle of almost all the
crosswalks on campus to protect the students, and make
drivers slow down and pay attention to pedestrians. The
state law does not require that signs be put up, but the
signs attract attention to the places where pedestrians
Opinions of the signs varied. Some students said they feel the signs are keeping them safer.
"I feel they are keeping me safe; the cars see the sign and slow down," said Russell Shyne, a first-year education major from Houston, Texas.
Others think the signs may distract drivers.
"I think they are unnecessary and they are
sophomore Lauren Raynor
Physical Plant director Jim Hudgins said cars hit two or three signs every day. Maintenance workers and campus police often put the signs back on the stands; many signs that disappear are recovered. While an official count of lost signs does not exist, an estimated half a dozen are currently considered lost.
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ŠThe Voice 2006
Revised 09/17/2007 02:08:08 PM http://www.uamont.edu/Organizations/TheVoice/3_18/walk.htm