Pedestrian safety is an issue that affects campus, and the University of
Tennessee Police Department is working hard to ensure everyone is
Deborah A. Perry, Assistant Chief of Police of UTPD, wants both pedestrians
and drivers to increase their awareness and responsibility when traveling
The department's main concern is construction on Stadium Drive. The
location is a potentially hazardous area, with little room for students to
Perry suggests using the overhead crosswalks, which link the University
Center with the Hill, instead. Although the detour might take a few extra
moments, it is the safest path to class, according to the UTPD.
UTPD has also added more signs at busy crosswalks in order to better
educate motorists and pedestrians.
Perry has noticed a trend with pedestrians she would like to see
cease--students crossing with the traffic lights instead of with the
pedestrian signals. This hinders the flow of traffic on the road, and
places all pedestrians in danger.
UTPD will be placing officers at high-traffic intersections to help keep
everything moving. For example, an officer was placed at Volunteer Avenue
and Andy Holt Avenue Wednesday to help direct new and old students.
Pedestrian safety is everyone's responsibility and can be achieved by
making students aware of the solutions to these traffic problems.
To learn more about this and other campus safety issues, visit UTPD's Web
site at http://web.utk.edu/~utpolice.
UTPD focuses on pedestrian safety
Published: Wed Sep 02, 1998 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 01:43 p.m.