By: Claire Kositzky Guest Writer
A recent survey taken around campus had prompted University Police to place a stop sign in the parking lot of Scholl.
Executive Director Chad Triesch and Chief of Police Michael Salatino utilized a routine survey around campus looking for areas that could be troublesome to determine whether a sign was needed at the intersection.
“If you ever are driving south past Scholl up to Lownik, you will notice that there is a stop sign northbound and a yield sign southbound. In years past, speed bumps were put in to reduce the speed and to restrict vehicles,” commented Salatino.
“The trouble with installing a stop sign into a parking lot is that you cannot drive a pole into the ground because of snow plowing,” Salatino continued.
The six to sevenfoot stop sign is a pole with a concrete base. It will feature solar panel lightening with blinking lights so the sign will easy to spot at night. The concrete base is removable so when snow plowing, plowers can just pick up the sign and move it into a different area to plow.
The sign will be placed at the end of the parking lot where people cannot park. The sign is not being installed because of particular accidents or incidents.
“It has always been an area of concern; although there have been no accidents at this location,” said Salatino. “It is always a surprising fact to me how little accidents we come in contact with because there are over 6,000 attendees of the school and 2,000 parking spots.”
Salatino assures readers that 98 percent of accidents that occur on campus are caused from pulling out of parking spots.
The University Police hope that the stop sign will help students become accustom to coming to a complete stop in this area.
In the next week, Campus Police is placing a speed limit sign in the parking garage in addition to the stop sign located in the Scholl parking lot. Student Senate saw that students using the parking garage were going too fast and brought up the complaint to campus police.
“I drove around the parking garage throughout the day at various times. I saw that I could not go faster than five to eight miles per hour in the garage. It was hard because there are people running to get to class,” commented Salantino. “If the speed limit sign is not effective enough, we will place an officer inside the garage and issue tickets.”