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UNR to hold Traffic and Pedestrian Safety Forum
by Tribune Staff
Jan 18, 2012 | 719 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print

RENO — The University of Nevada, Reno will host a Traffic and Pedestrian Safety Forum for both the campus community and the community at-large from 5 to 7 p.m. on Feb. 6 in the Silver and Blue Room at Lawlor Events Center. The public forum will allow for discussion of laws, problem areas and what local agencies are doing to promote safety on the university campus and its surrounding community. Public concerns, suggestions and input will be encouraged.

“It’s a continued concern for us that motorists and pedestrians stay alert, obey posted speed limits and traffic laws and use caution while traveling through adjacent roads or on the university,” said University Chief of Police Services Adam Garcia. “We are happy to partner with many community organizations and agencies to hold this event and provide a time for the public to voice concerns and offer their input.”

In addition to university police and a number of university departments, other agencies involved with the forum are the Reno Neighborhood Advisory Boards, Nevada Department of Transportation, Nevada Highway Patrol, Nevada Office of Traffic Safety, Regional Transportation Commission (RTC), Reno Police Department and others. Wendy Damonte, KTVN Channel 2 news anchor, will moderate the forum.

“Safety on and around campus is of utmost concern to the university,” UNR President Marc Johnson said. “We are committed to providing students, staff and faculty with the information, services and programs that will help us all be knowledgeable participants in basic crime prevention and safety practices.”

Agencies will make brief presentations about their safety efforts during the past year, current projects and future plans. The RTC will present plans for area streets and additional crosswalks. NHP troopers will discuss their enforcement efforts on pedestrian and crosswalk violations over the next several weeks. The University Police Department will share its partnership with the 11- to 17-year-old students at the Davidson Academy, located at UNR, to improve pedestrian safety around campus. The motto of this program, created by the Davidson students is, “Look Up, Unplug, Stay Safe.”

Public parking will be available on the top two floors of the Brian J. Whalen Parking Complex on North Virginia Street.

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