Auburn urges people to "travel with care" - WRBL

Auburn urges people to "travel with care"

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AUBURN, Ala. -

Safety officials around Auburn are asking for students and residents to make sure they are being careful when they travel. It is a part of their travel with care campaign.

Auburn tries to make it very clear when you should and should not try to cross a road. But, they know people don't always pay attention to what they are doing.

"As Spring approaches, people will increase travel and increase their activity," said Melvin Owens with Auburn University Public Safety. "We simply want to, with the kickoff of this travel with care campaign, is to say to them, please exercise safety."

The city, university, and Sheriff's office is teaming up for the 8th travel with care campaign.

"It is making sure that however you get from one place to another that it is done in a safe manner by being observant, by following the rules of the road, and certainly by paying attention to what is going on around you," said Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones.

Officers are making themselves visible by car, bike, and motorcycle. It's all to avoid a tragedy.

With Auburn students walking around the campus and city at all times of the day and night, officials are really trying to place emphasis on pedestrian safety.

And the numbers show that Auburn has gotten safer for travelers of all kinds.

"Our travel accidents overall decreased by about a hundred accidents a year," said Auburn Assistant Police Chief Paul Register. "More importantly, along with that, the number of pedestrian accidents decreased as well. I think we had several in 2009. We dropped by about 20 in 2010. And, it dropped down even further in 2011."

Auburn wants to make it as easy and safe as possible to get from point A to point B.

Auburn police are happy to say there have not been any significant injuries from any accidents involving pedestrians this year.

Dayne Young

Dayne is a sports anchor and reporter for WRBL. He started covering the Chattahoochee Valley in September 2012. More>>

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