Driving Safely Around Campus

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Snow College students suffer from the aftermath of a car crash last Wednesday, October 7. Snow College students are urged to drive more carefully around and off of campus.  Photo by Katrina Christensen

Snow College students suffer from the aftermath of a car crash last Wednesday, October 7. Snow College students are urged to drive more carefully around and off of campus. Photo by Katrina Christensen

On October 2, 2015 freshman Hannah Larson was in a car accident while driving home for the weekend. The accident occurred while driving northbound in Ephraim, and was one that could have been fatal. “I never wear my seatbelt,” Explained Larson, “But for some reason I chose to wear it that day. After the accident, the officer told me I probably would not be alive had I not had it on.” Hannah had to be cut out of her car, and is walking on crutches for the next few weeks, however, she feels lucky to be alive.

In the past two weeks there have been two car accidents, in and around campus, where officers and paramedics have been called to the scene. To prevent future accidents, especially as the weather worsens, precautions should be taken to enhance safe driving.

Safe driving techniques should be used at all times of the year, especially while in or around campus where there are plenty of cars and pedestrians on the road. With Halloween approaching, the risk of pedestrian and vehicle accidents increase. Officer Bob Wright warned that cars should maintain a lawful speed at all times, and slow down when driving through campus, bad weather, or when there is a harsh glare from the sun during dusk and dawn hours. “It is especially dangerous when students drive and cannot see because of the glare of the sun.” Officer Wright stated, “Drivers need to be extra cautious when their vision is impaired.”

As the weather continues to cool, students should be mindful of wildlife while commuting to or from school, especially while driving through canyons.

Distracted driving is a leading cause of accidents, especially among college age students. It is crucial that drivers avoid using their phones or other devices while driving, for their own safety, and the safety of others.

Being prepared can save not only the life of the driver, but the lives of those around them. Knowing how to react to animals in the road, how to drive in bad weather, and times to avoid driving if possible, can reduce the risk of possible accidents.

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