FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Giving back to the community and supporting crosswalk safety, both students and student-athletes from the University of Arkansas took part in the 10th annual Crosswalk Safety Awareness Day at variouslocations around campus on Wednesday.
First organized in Fayetteville by founder Paula Marinoni, the annual event aims to remind both pedestrians and motorists to slow down and look before walking or driving through a crosswalk. A state-wide campaign, the eventis officially recognized by Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe and locally by Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan.
UA students and Razorback student-athletes answered the call of the UA Police Department this year, volunteering at selectcrosswalks around campusthroughout the day. Signing up for shifts of one or two hours, volunteers stood near assigned crosswalks holding "Crosswalk Safety Awareness Day" signs, aiming to raise awareness over crosswalk safety.
This year marked the first time that staff and faculty members were also involved, in addition to students. Participants for this year’s event included the Fayetteville Police Department, Fayetteville Fire Department, City of Fayetteville, Community Services, the Chamber of Commerce, Fayetteville Public Schools and Fayetteville private schools.
Additional participating groups from the University of Arkansas campus included Gregson and Gibson dorms, Delta Delta Delta and Pi Beta Phi sororities, Lambda Chi Alpha and Kappa Sigma fraternities, Facilities Management and theUA Police Department.
Drivers are required by law to stop for pedestrians in designated crosswalks. At the same time, pedestrians are required to use the crosswalks, both on campus and off, but should not step into the street before making sure that vehicles are actually stopping. Neither drivers nor pedestrians should be using their cell phones as they approach a crosswalk.
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