This archived article was written by: Jake Cottam
The threat of students being hit by a vehicle may be resolved as ASCEU leadership appeared before the Price City Council members last night (Wednesday) to present several solutions to the on-going problems of traffic accidents on the streets surrounding the college.
Assistant Dean of Students, Bill Osborn, says, “It’s gotten to the point where no longer can we just sit idly by.”
This is ASCEU sixth time approaching the city leaders in hopes that their requests for help in this matter will not be ignored.
In last night’s meeting, representatives from ASCEU suggested that the city police increase traffic control around the campus and make it a school zone so the speed limit will be decreased from 30 miles per hour to the average school zone speed of 20 miles per hour.
ASCEU asked for more red zones to be marked around crosswalks like the ones by the LDS Institute building where the parking zones are to close to the crosswalks. Without the red zones, the visibility of pedestrians is limited. Mayor Joe Piccolo is being asked by ASCEU to help keep the college students’ safe after three-confirmed accidents and numerous close calls. ASCEU feels that more needs to be done to protect the students other than painting the crosswalks.
A few years ago, the state owned the streets surrounding campus, giving the CEU campus police jurisdiction and the authority to patrol and issue traffic tickets. When the city gained control of the streets, the Price police gained jurisdiction. ASCEU leadership feels the Price police do not patrol the streets as well as they could and should be.
ASCEU leadership hopes that there is no need for any more accidents and to open the city council’s eyes to the increasingly potential hazards on and around the campus’ roads.