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Spring Speeding

Ed Board encourages campus drivers to play nice and slow down

The advent of spring has certainly made students more exuberant here on campus. Many students are out enjoying the sun, playing softball or driving at speeds vastly exceeding posted limits.

Yes, Ed Board is disturbed at the blatant disregard for student safety, as well as the law, shown by these drivers.

We all know how nice it is to roll around campus with the windows down and the bass up, but not at 30 to 40 MPH. Some of the most erratic driving occurs on the south side of Hughes-Trigg.

Students, and possibly faculty, coming around that corner have a tendency to slam on the gas on the way past.

Now that’s a dangerous intersection, with the police department right there, you can never be certain that a cop isn’t going to whip out in pursuit of some lawbreaker, and if you slam into them, well, you’ll certainly be upset.

It’s surprising that this corner is a hot spot, considering the police department there, however, SMU PD is generally on patrol rather than chilling in their parking lot.

Also, Hughes-Trigg is almost always surrounded by students, so coming around the corner at high speed increases the likelihood that you’ll run into one, and vehicular manslaughter never looks good on a resume.

Another drag strip on campus is Binkley in between Airline and Dublin. Maybe it’s students eager to get off campus and get their drink on. Maybe it’s just the extra width of that section of Binkley.

Whatever it is, students often speed as they leave campus, causing an extremely hazardous situation for students stepping out from the vehicles lining both sides of the street.

The inbound traffic is generally more sedate as their destination is often the parking garage on the corner.

Bishop is continually witness to speeding, but since it’s a wide, unobstructed venue, students are less likely to get hurt here, since they can see cars coming and drivers can see them.

So, if you’re driving on campus, just be safe, that’s all we’re asking.

Soon it’ll be summer and you can do all the high speed driving you want, without all these pedestrian targets around.

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