University of Utah to warn reckless riders

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 26 2013 12:00 p.m. MST

Students on the University of Utah Campus Monday, July 30, 2012. University of Utah safety officers will begin issuing written warnings for those who violate campus policy on speeding and motorized and non-motorized vehicles.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

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SALT LAKE CITY — University of Utah safety officers will begin issuing written warnings for those who violate campus policy on speeding.

The U. launched its campaign in August to make campus sidewalks safer. Officials found that 3-7 p.m. is the busiest time for recreational use of non-motorized riding vehicles, including bicycles, skateboards, rollerblades, etc.

The policy enforces a 10 mph speed limit for all motorized and non-motorized vehicles; prohibits skateboarders from riding in parking lots or roadways; requires riders to yield to pedestrians; bans non-motorized vehicles from stairways, grass, benches, etc.; among other precautionary measures.

As the campaign heads into the fifth month, safety officers will begin citing violators with written warnings for their first offense. For the second offense, riders will have vehicles impounded for a minimum of 48 hours and receive a minimum $100 fine. After the second violation, riders will have their vehicles impounded for a minimum of 30 days and be subject to an escalating schedule of fines.

"We invite everyone to visit campus and enjoy the beautiful scenery, museums, theaters and other resources it offers," said Gordon Wilson, assistant vice president for auxiliary services. "Our first priority is to make campus a safe place, and this policy is designed to promote safe behaviors. We hope all sidewalk users, including pedestrians, will be respectful and courteous to one another."

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