You may want to think twice the next time you cross the street near campus.
In a campus-wide email Tuesday, Campus Safety Director John Schlaf announced that pedestrians are now subject to a $120 fine for “failing to utilize the marked pedestrian crosswalks.”
Schlaf said this change comes at the end of a “warning period” imposed by the Galesburg Police Department.
Instructor in Art and South Street Safety Task Force member Michael Godsil spoke of the importance of challenging the idea that student can cross wherever they want.
He mentioned the importance of respect being reciprocated by both drivers and pedestrians.
“Students need to realize this is a 50/50 equation,” he said.
This new measure is coming into effect in the hopes of changing pedestrian behavior before future road construction on Main Street diverts a large amount of traffic to South Street and make the situation more dangerous.
“$120 sounds serious, but not comparted to one of our students getting hurt of killed.” concluded Godsil.
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