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LSU PD takes a tough love approach to keeping pedestrians safe on campus

LSU PD takes a tough love approach to keeping pedestrians safe on campus

POSTED: Friday, October 19, 2012 - 7:30pm

UPDATED: Friday, October 19, 2012 - 7:34pm

Over roughly the past week there have been three pedestrian involved incidents on LSU’s campus. Today, the LSU Police Department issued an alert to students letting them know that they will be taking proactive measures to prevent this trend from continuing.

“We’ve always tried to educate the LSU community as much as possible in reference to being aware of these types of situations,” Cpt. Cory Lalonde, LSU Police Department, explained. “Now, we’re going to the additional strategy of education through enforcement. The number one reason why law enforcement makes traffic stops is to change people’s behavior, and that’s the route we’re now going.”

The latest incident happened today, Friday, Oct. 19. A female student was walking in the crosswalk at Highland Road and South Stadium Drive. A vehicle hit the young woman, causing her minor injuries. The driver was ticketed for Failure to Yield to a Pedestrian.

“Fortunately, none of the recent incidents have lead to a life threatening injury,” Cpt. Lalonde notes. “Serious injury is something we want to avoid.”

Although all of the recent crashes have occurred at crosswalks, LSU PD wants students on foot and bike to be aware that they will be under close watch by officers as well.

“We have seen over a period of time that people are not using crosswalks like they should,” Cpt. Lalonde said. “Our officers are going to be looking for near mishaps; where a crash could have been caused. We will explain to the person why they were stopped and what the rules of the road are, as well as possibly being cited.”

By the end of the day, LSU PD hopes that a little tough love might help decrease a trend that could have deadly consequences.

“Whatever the situation is, when you see them start to happen more often, that’s a concern for us. The goal of this is to make people more aware and make sure they know what the laws are when they’re driving on campus.”

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