Bill looks to curb campus speeding

Rector will examine ways to increase safety in parking lots.

Student Government Association unanimously passed legislation to possibly add speed bumps in parking lots around campus.

President Tommy Rector said he would most likely sign the legislation. He said he also believes the legislation has a future.

"I want to get the message out that speed is a safety concern," Rector said.

If speed bumps are not an option, SGA will look into getting rumble strips or painting for the parking lots, according to Rector.

"I am going to look into the options," Rector said. "We can do something to let people know to slow down."

According to legislation author Senator Benjamin Tietz, the idea for the speed bumps came from several complaints about people speeding in parking lots.

"I've heard a number of students say they've almost been hit by cars," Tietz said. "We want to decrease that fear."

SGA members and senators said they felt the legislation was necessary.

"There comes a time when we need to add certain safety regulations," said Richard McLelland, president pro tempore. "Those who like to speed need to respect people by not putting them in danger of being hit by a car."

Student Safety Committee chairman Jeremy Kalvaitis thought the legislation was a good idea.

"There are a lot of people speeding and on a campus people should not have to be reminded to be safe," Kalvaitis said.

If executed, speed bumps will be placed in parking lots across campus. Lots include G4, between Woodworth Complex and the Arts and Communications Building, H3, between Noyer and Studebaker West complexes, P3, between the Johnson and LaFollette complexes and P4 and R2 in front of the LaFollette Complex.

Off-campus transportation was also an issue. The Community Affairs Committee announced it would be meeting with the mayor and the director of transportation for MITS to discuss possible bus routes from campus to downtown Muncie.

According to Community Affairs Chairman Jeremy Wines, the committee's goal is to decide a route at the meeting.

"We're optimistic about getting a route," Wines said. "We want to give students a chance to get involved in community events."


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