Why Did the Student Cross the Road? 

  • November 1st, 2022

It’s no joke. With more than 40,000 people on the campus of The University of Alabama every day, accidents involving pedestrians and vehicles can happen.  

A crosswalk signal.Here are some safety tips you should keep in mind when walking. 

  • Always walk on sidewalks and never in the street. 
  • Only cross streets at marked crosswalks. 
  • Follow the rules of the road and obey all signals, including pedestrian signals at crosswalks. 
  • When crossing a street, make sure to look both ways. Look left, right, and then left again before stepping into the street. 
  • If a vehicle approaches, make eye contact with the driver to be sure they see you and wait for them to stop before you cross. 
  • When walking through parking lots or decks, look for cars that are backing out. The driver may not be able to see you if you are in their blind spot. 
  • When wearing earbuds, make sure you can still hear traffic. 
  • If walking at night, make sure you cross streets at well-lit intersections. 
  • If you must walk across railroad tracks, only do so at designated public crossings with a crossbuck, flashing red lights or a gate. Crossing railroad tracks anywhere else is illegal. 
  • Avoid looking down at your phone or any mobile device while walking to help stay aware your surroundings and avoid collisions. 
  • Avoid alcohol or drugs when walking. They impair your abilities and judgment. 

UA’s Safer Living Guide has additional tips for how to stay safe while traveling on campus.  

Safety Reminder: UA Alert System Test 

Weather permitting, the University will test its emergency notification systems, including UA Alerts, the public address system and digital signage, Wednesday, Nov. 2, at 11:55 a.m. 

The University of Alabama, part of The University of Alabama System, is the state’s flagship university. UA shapes a better world through its teaching, research and service. With a global reputation for excellence, UA provides an inclusive, forward-thinking environment and nearly 200 degree programs on a beautiful, student-centered campus. A leader in cutting-edge research, UA advances discovery, creative inquiry and knowledge through more than 30 research centers. As the state’s largest higher education institution, UA drives economic growth in Alabama and beyond.