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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 14, 2005

UI Police Help Promote Street-Crossing Safety

The University of Iowa Department of Public Safety is helping pedestrians cross the street safely.

University police officers are spending several hours this week handing out flyers at intersections around the Pentacrest and T. Anne Clearly walkway with information that helps drivers and pedestrians understand crosswalk laws better, according to Kevin Hockett, chair of the university's Safety and Security Committee. He said the committee and public safety department hope to remind walkers that pedestrian safety can't be taken for granted.

"Our theme is 'Pedestrian Safety is a Two-Way Street,' to emphasize the fact that both pedestrians and drivers are responsible for keeping walkers safe," said Hockett. University police officers will distribute the flyers Wednesday and Thursday at various intersections between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Hockett said the initiative was undertaken in the wake of several car-pedestrian accidents involving UI students last year, two of which resulted in pedestrian fatalities.

"We want to do our best to educate people on the safest way to cross the street and reduce the number of accidents," said Hockett.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Snee, 319-384-0010, tom-snee@uiowa.edu.