GVSU PD encourages traffic safety

GVL / Eric Coulter
Henry Gorajec places a parking ticket on an illegaly parked car

GVL / Eric Coulter Henry Gorajec places a parking ticket on an illegaly parked car

Alyssa Rettelle

A Grand Valley State University student riding a bike on 64th Avenue near Lake Michigan Drive was hit by a vehicle and suffered extensive injuries on Sept. 3. Though the incident occurred off campus, Capt. Brandon DeHaan, assistant director of the Department of Public Safety, said traffic safety on campus is always a concern.

“People need to be paying attention when biking,” DeHaan said.

With so much construction happening, there has also been an issue with students walking in the
street near Lot F. Instead of using sidewalks, students have been walking along the cement
blockades and putting themselves and motorists in danger.

“Be alert and aware, use appropriate crosswalks, and be responsible not only for yourself, but for
the community,” DeHaan said.

On campus this year, there are 45 students doing traffic control to help ensure safe travel, but
DeHaan still urges students who are walking on campus to make sure cars stop before crossing the
street, rather than simply assuming they will.

To encourage campus safety, GVPD also has a program called Safe Walk for students who feel
uncomfortable walking on campus during the evening hours. Individuals can call to request a Safe
Walk, and GVPD will send a student employee to escort them across campus. The service is offered
seven days a week from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. during the fall and winter semesters, but only within the
borders of the Allendale Campus.

Even though the Safe Walk program is in place, DeHaan still encourages students not to go
anywhere alone and to plan ahead before going out. To request a Safe Walk, call GVPD dispatch at

Traveling across campus can be made safer by following these simple tips from the Grand Valley
Police Department:

1. Look both ways before you cross in the crosswalk, and keep looking as you cross.

2. Do not assume that because you can see the driver, the driver can see you or will automatically
stop for you.

3. Wear bright reflective clothing at night, in the evening, in the early morning hours and during
inclement weather.

4. Learn the rules of the road and obey all traffic laws.

5. Check for traffic. Always be aware of the traffic around you.

6. If crossing in a crosswalk, bicyclists must come to a complete stop and look both ways before proceeding through a crosswalk.

7. Protect your head. Wear a helmet.

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