Photo provided by Hanna Frank: The new traffic signs are a part of LUPD’s initiative to enforce traffic policies.
Ross Reed, Editor-in-Chief
The university’s police department has introduced several steps to enforce speeding policies and to monitor traffic more efficiently in response to traffic safety concerns.
James Montanari, chief of police, said traffic complaints have come from faculty, staff and students involving reports of vehicles speeding, rolling through stop signs and not yielding to pedestrians. Reports have also included incidents where drivers were caught talking on a cell phone or texting while driving.
“Several steps have been taken in response to this complaint: New pedestrian crossing signs with solar-powered lighting have been installed, and LUPD has devoted more time to monitoring traffic and stopping traffic violators. A speed limit sign was installed on northbound University Drive East and speed bumps were recently installed on the pavement,” said Montanari.
These initiatives apply to the curve road in front of Stritch Hall as well as the pedestrian crossing by McNamara Hall. Complaints in these areas involve speeding, crossing the centerline and failure to yield to pedestrians on the cross walks.
Speeding violations on campus can be addressed with a Uniform Traffic Citation that is adjusted through the Will County Circuit Court. Traffic regulations are also outlined in the student handbook, which includes all of the regulations of the Village of Romeoville and the state of Illinois.
LUPD has also started initiatives involving community engagement and education. Montanari stated that last year LUPD began distributing traffic safety education materials, as well as making several presentations, including an annual presentation to Student Leadership and Development.
“Our overall traffic enforcement goal is voluntary compliance,” said Montanari. “Components of a traffic safety program are education, engineering and enforcement. We are attempting to balance all three.”
LUPD has started conducting traffic surveys with the intent to gather some statistical information on the speed of vehicles traveling around campus.
As far as any report or accidents for speeding on campus, LUPD hasn’t provided statistical reports concerning this issue. However, the department will release this information at a later time.