Illinois Traffic Safety

Stop signs placed around campus to promote safer and more cautious driving. Photo by Pepe Breis.

by Claire Kositzky, STAFF WRITER

To reduce accidents, speeding and drinking and driving, Benedictine University will be beginning its participation in the Illinois Traffic Safety Challenge this semester.

“The Illinois Traffic Safety Challenge is a yearlong traffic safety program that focuses on three major areas: occupant protection, impaired driving and speeding. We plan to participate every year in order to keep the campus safer,” said Deputy Chief of Police Paul Creekmore.

The Traffic Safety Challenge gives law enforcement the opportunity to make changes and a difference in their community through traffic safety. Its purpose is to reduce the amount of crashes, increase motor and pedestrian safety while protecting the community. This is done to reduce the amount of injuries from accidents, save lives and to detect and determine crime.

Benedictine University’s Campus Police will be buckling down and checking to see if drivers are wearing their seatbelt, speeding or have been drinking before driving. They ultimately can make the decision to issue a University citation or a State citation, requiring a court appearance.

University Police reviewed the program and thought the campus would benefit from it. This is because of the amount of motorist and pedestrians that travel throughout the campus on a daily basis.

“We receive many complaints throughout the year about speeding and stop sign violators. I think that, for the most part, people will welcome the extra effort, especially with the speeding on campus,” said Creekmore. “I am hoping we are a success during the program and that it will provide a positive outcome to reduce the amount of crashes on campus.”

The program is supported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the National Sheriff’s Association (NSA).

Students seem to have positive feedback to the program’s goals.

“If the program works, then it will keep the community safe and be a good program,”  freshman Jami Shawmeker explained.

“I think that the program is more common sense. Students driving should already abide by these laws,” said freshman Mike Wong.

Benedictine University learned about the Illinois Traffic Safety Challenge through the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police.