Pedestrian safety requires ongoing vigilance | UKNow – UKNow


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 17, 2023) — University and campus safety officials are taking steps to reinforce the importance of remaining vigilant when driving or walking on area streets. 
The University of Kentucky Police Department, in partnership with UK Transportation Services and other campus partners, is monitoring areas with high pedestrian traffic and more frequent vehicle accidents to better understand potential risks. Two recent pedestrian-involved accidents only reinforce the already strong commitment to the process of educating and raising awareness among all members of the campus community regarding how best to stay safe. 
“We are always looking for ways to enhance the safety of members of our community,” UK Police Chief Joe Monroe said.
While UK is a pedestrian-focused campus, motor vehicle drivers and pedestrians can coexist, provided proper safety measures are followed. Below are some tips for both drivers and pedestrians to help avoid future accidents:
Tips for drivers
Safety tips for pedestrians
Walking remains one of the safest and easiest ways to traverse UK’s campus, but precautions are always warranted. By following these simple safety precautions, motor vehicle drivers and pedestrians can safely coexist.
As the state’s flagship, land-grant institution, the University of Kentucky exists to advance the Commonwealth. We do that by preparing the next generation of leaders — placing students at the heart of everything we do — and transforming the lives of Kentuckians through education, research and creative work, service and health care. We pride ourselves on being a catalyst for breakthroughs and a force for healing, a place where ingenuity unfolds. It’s all made possible by our people — visionaries, disruptors and pioneers — who make up 200 academic programs, a $501 million research and development enterprise and a world-class medical center, all on one campus.   
In 2022, UK was ranked by Forbes as one of the “Best Employers for New Grads” and named a “Diversity Champion” by INSIGHT into Diversity, a testament to our commitment to advance Kentucky and create a community of belonging for everyone. While our mission looks different in many ways than it did in 1865, the vision of service to our Commonwealth and the world remains the same. We are the University for Kentucky.  

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