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Published September 09, 2010, 09:35 PM

Police Want Students And Faculty To Use Crosswalks

University Avenue through UND's campus is one of the busiest streets in Grand Forks especially when school is back in session.

University Avenue through UND's campus is one of the busiest streets in Grand Forks especially when school is back in session. Accidents happen on campus all the time but only 2 in the past four years have been serious. University Police say students and faculty need to stay alert when crossing the sidewalk.

Capt. Dan Lund with University Police says "We do have cross walks, they are there for a reason."

Police at the University of North Dakota wants to make sure that students and faculty are full aware of the rules of the road. Because yesterday a 73-year-old UND worker was seriously injured when he was hit by a car.

"You just have to think, you have a 2 ton vehicle meeting someone who is on a bicycle or walking they kenetic energy is just amazing there can be serious damage at even low speeds" said Captain Lund.

Students say that when crossing the street you have to look both ways and make sure that, that car slows down.

UND freshman Mckenzie Jaeger says "I have had close calls because you had to slam on your brakes or you know because you are not paying attention or your looking down or what ever."

"Cell phones, ipods and things like that just like driving when your distracted when you walk it could be just as bad" said Lund.

One Student say follow his advice and an accident can be avoided.

"Be aware, you just cant lowly gag around and think the world revolves around you you cant just do that" says Michael Monda a UND Freshman.

Lund says "Pay attention the biggest crash we see on university avenue is people are not paying attention and rear end the person in front of them."

Captain Lund says bikers also need to follow the rules of road to stay safe and use the bike lanes.

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