In conjunction with ProjectSAFE (Stop Accidents From Escalating) Streets, the Oakland University and Auburn Hills police departments will conduct joint traffic enforcement operations on and around campus this month.
Enforcement details are set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, October 11, and again on Tuesday, October 18. In addition to campus streets, officers will be patrolling University Drive between Squirrel and Pontiac Roads, and Squirrel Road between Cross Creek Parkway and Walton Boulevard.
Advisory signs indicating “Traffic Enforcement Zone” will be displayed on the boundaries of the enforcement area. Special attention will be given to speeding, following too close, distracted driving, texting while driving, and failing to yield the right of way.
Since 2005, the goal of Project SAFE Streets has been to reduce traffic collisions by implementing efficient traffic engineering, driver education, and research-based traffic enforcement.
Despite these efforts, crashes in the focus area increased 27 percent last year. A majority of these incidents occurred during daylight hours and while roadways were dry. Rear-end collisions were most common, and drug and alcohol use was not a significant factor in the increased number of crashes.
At all times behind the wheel, campus community members are advised to keep in mind the following safe driving reminders:
- Always wear a seat belt.
- Refrain from eating, drinking, texting or otherwise using a cell phone while driving.
- Regardless of posted speed limits, reduce speed as necessary for safe driving in less-than-optimal or hazardous driving conditions.
- On surface streets, use a three-second following distance behind other vehicles.
- Use a five-second following distance on highways.
- Avoid erratic or abrupt lane changes and signal before changing lanes.
- Check blind spots before changing lanes or backing up.
- Do not assume that a lane visually obstructed by standing traffic is clear, even if another driver indicates it is.
- Where possible, visually scan intersections before entering them.
- Allow extra time to commute to destinations.
- Do not engage in traffic altercations.