Pedestrian and Traffic
Safety Online Training
& Safety Services Office
Tips when driving in the SU Community
Every day thousands of motorists, including; buses,
construction vehicles, cyclists, pedestrians, in-line skaters,
skateboarders all converge on campus.
In recent years we've seen increased traffic and pedestrian
congestion on and off campus, due in part to construction
and road closings
Simple Rules to Follow
Drive at safe speed on campus, 15MPH is the maximum
Yield the right of way to pedestrians in the crosswalk.
Be alert for people acting unpredictably, crossing at non-
Pay particular attention when approaching buses
unloading passengers; pedestrians often cross in front of
the bus, particularly at a crosswalk.
Have you ever talked or texted while you were driving a
Ask your self why?
This is prohibited by New York State law.
Only you can control your actions, and you can decide not
to do this.
Distracted driving is any
activity that could divert a
person's attention away
from the primary task of
driving. All distractions
passenger, and bystander
Texting and Driving
Sending or receiving a text message takes a driver's eyes
from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds.
At 55 MPH this is equivalent to driving the entire length of
a football field, blindfolded.
Texting and Driving is the equivalent of driving with a
(B.A.C.) Blood Alcohol Content of .08, the legal limit for
DWI in New York State.
Text messaging creates a crash risk 23 times greater than
driving while not distracted.
A PREVENTABLE COLLISION IS ONE
IN WHICH THE DRIVER FAILED TO
DO EVERYTHING REASONABLE
TO PREVENT IT.
Is Knowledge: Of…
The vehicle you are driving – understanding the
limits of your vehicle.
Traffic Laws – Road markings, signs, symbols,
Your destination - bad traffic areas, alternate
routes, current map
Is Anticipation: Of…
Driving problems and how managing your time helps
you manage those problems.
Time of the day and how it affects your driving.
(morning, noon, evening)
Weather forecast; and how you plan for driving.
Is Showing Good Judgment: By…
Wearing your seat belt (It’s the law & a University
Stop driving and rest when fatigued, stressed, or
Always maintaining control- Don’t let someone or
some event affect your driving.
Traffic Violations – license is a privilege, not
In New York State 11 points in 18 months, your
license can be suspended.
SU driving policy allows up to 6 points, on your
license before your SU driving privilege is
No one is allowed to drive for Syracuse University
with a “probationary”, “court-restricted”,
“graduated”, or “international” License.
NYS V&T Law Seat Belts
§1229-c. Operation of vehicles with safety seats and
No person shall operate a motor vehicle unless such person
is restrained by a safety belt approved by the
In the case of any other back seat passenger under the age
of sixteen, he or she is restrained by a safety belt approved
by the commissioner.
Failure to wear a seat belt contributes to more fatalities
than any other single traffic safety-related behavior.
Wearing a seat belt is still the single most effective thing we
can do to save lives and reduce injuries on America's
Seatbelts are estimated to save 9,500 lives each year.
Over 35% of all Syracuse University at fault
accidents involve backing-up, parking or striking
parked vehicles. Why?
lack of practice,
not paying attention,
not being familiar with the vehicle you are operating.
Avoid backing as much as possible.
Choose a parking space that you can leave without
backing wherever possible.
Know what’s beside or behind your vehicle before
you begin to back-up, even if this means getting
out and walking around your vehicle.
Departments shall continue to report Motor
Vehicle Accidents involving University owned,
rented or leased vehicles in accordance with the
University’s Accident Reporting Procedures.
All University drivers are required to report any
changes to their driving records to the Safety
Covered employees will be tested for substance abuse
following an accident where:
A life is lost.
The driver is cited for a moving violation.
One or more vehicles is towed as a result of the
Person receives medical attention away from the
Brian O’Hara E.H.S.S.O.