We’re often reminded to avoid distractions when driving. Don’t text and drive. Keep your eyes on the road. Set your music low. All great tips to be sure you’re safe and everyone around you is safe. But what about when you’re walking?
Stay Focused on Your Feet
How often do you see someone walking around campus, maybe even across a road or through a parking lot, looking down at their phone and not watching where they’re going? It’s dangerous! Or maybe it’s cold and they have a hat on and you can’t even see they’re wearing headphones, so they can’t hear you when you’re approaching from behind. How many times have you almost run into something, or actually did, because you weren’t paying attention?
Walking while distracted can be dangerous not just for the person walking but even for everyone around them. So we say…Just Drive…Just Walk!
- Look up when you’re walking
- Keep your eyes on the road
- Use crosswalks
- Stay alert when driving / walking through parking lots
- Listen to your surroundings; keep the volume down
Why Should I Care?
Our goal is to bring awareness to these distractions and unsafe behaviors to help our campus community avoid dangers. Maybe next time you’re walking to class, say hi to the person next to you, even if they are a stranger! You never know, you could make a new friend. Keep a lookout for a Red Tailed Hawk flying around instead of that YouTube video. Stay focused in your car and avoid getting a distracted driving ticket! Most of all just be aware. There is so much going on around you, We want you and everyone else to be safe and enjoy our campus!