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Employee struck in crosswalk highlights need for care

This morning, a GRU employee was struck by a car while crossing Laney Walker Boulevard. The individual is doing well—for which we are all grateful—but this accident serves as a reminder for all of us to exercise great care while traveling on and around campus.

To further ensure the safety of our students, faculty and staff, the GRU Police Department has placed additional traffic signs on Laney Walker to remind drivers on our Health Sciences Campus to slow down, and they’ve posted crossing guards during peak traffic hours.

We are currently working with the Georgia Department of Transportation to expedite the initiation of the Laney Walker enhancement project, which will make Laney Walker more pedestrian friendly, and enhance campus safety and beauty.

In the meantime, please follow Public Safety’s advice for ensuring your and everyone else’s safety:

1. Drivers:

  • Obey speed limits; they are 25 mph on Laney Walker.
  • Always be vigilant for pedestrians.
  • Slow down when approaching crosswalks and intersections.
  1. Pedestrians:
  • Don’t assume drivers will stop; make eye contact with drivers before crossing.
  • Cross the street only at intersections. Do not jaywalk.
  • Use marked crosswalks where available.
  • It is darker earlier now. Wear bright colors or reflective clothing if you are walking near traffic at night, and carry a flashlight when walking in the dark.

Safety is everyone’s responsibility—please be sure to do your part.

 

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