The 15th Annual Crosswalk Safety Awareness Day will take place in Fayetteville on Wednesday, October 10th from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The message of the event is - It’s Not a Choice, It’s the Law!
The purpose of the event is to bring awareness to the general public that it is both a state and a city law that a motorist must yield to a pedestrian in a marked or unmarked crosswalk. Also, it is just as important to increase awareness to pedestrians that it is their responsibility to look both ways and make sure the cars are going to stop before entering the crosswalk. It is a good idea to make eye contact and hold up a hand to acknowledge to the other person that you see them.
The event is sponsored by the Community Policing Division of the Fayetteville Police Department and was inspired by participation in both the first Fayetteville Citizen’s Fire and Citizen’s Police Academies. Both the University of Arkansas Police Department and the Fayetteville Police Department have noted that the event has made a difference in increasing awareness and aiding the safety of both pedestrians and motorists.
The event is joined by the City of Fayetteville and the Community Services Department; Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce; Fayetteville Police Department; Fayetteville Fire Department; University of Arkansas, UA Police Department and Sororities on campus; and Fayetteville Public Schools and private schools.
Fayetteville is unique in that we have over 39,000 students making their way to classes every day. That day we are asking all teachers, parents, friends and co-workers to ask, why wouldn’t someone stop for you in a crosswalk? We hope that the focus, discussion and attention will save lives in our community and elsewhere.
Mayor Jordan will be at the corner of Lafayette and College on Wednesday morning approximately from 7:30 – 8:30.
Representatives from all 11 sororities on campus will be at the intersection of Maple and Garland, at the Brough Commons crossing, and at the Pi Phi gate on Maple all day.
City of Fayetteville Community Services staff will be on the Fayetteville Square all day.
Fayetteville Public Schools administrators will be at random crosswalks during the day.
Fayetteville Fire Department fire fighters will be out at random intersections all day.
Both the Fayetteville and University Police Departments will be patrolling that day with added emphasis on crosswalk safety.
For more information contact Paula Marinoni at 479-466-4128.