How fast is too fast?
|Pedestrian traffic increases in nice weather. Watch your speed.
Nice weather seems to invite people to speed. It also invites people to get outside and walk, run or bike on our roads and pathways.
Many drivers think that they can occasionally drive fast as long as they drive safely, especially within the low-traffic confines of the laboratory. But speeding increases the risks of crashes, injuries and crash-related fatalities.
To prevent accidents and injuries, Fermilab enforces
the same strict speeding standards as on roads outside the laboratory.
Fermilab adopted the State of Illinois Vehicle Code in 1995. Drivers on Fermilab property (whether they are employees, users, visiting scientists or guests) must obey the same standards that motorists are legally obligated to observe when driving on Illinois' public roadways. The maximum speed limit anywhere on site is 40 mph hour, unless otherwise posted. Weather and traffic conditions may make it necessary to drive more slowly.
Security officers enforce the parking and traffic rules by issuing citations, and division, section and center heads are responsible for enforcing the progressive disciplinary measures outlined in the Fermilab Environmental, Safety and Health Section Manual, chapter 9010.
Of the 444 moving violations written at Fermilab last year, 248 were for speeding, including 33 for excessive speed.
Judging by the speeding tickets issues so far this year, Fermilab security
is on track to see fewer drivers speeding but more speeders exceeding 20 mph over the speed limit. This year, security officers have issued 40 moving violations, including 23 for speeding. Nine of those were for excessive speed.
Fermilab's Traffic Safety Subcommittee members encourage motorists to be extra aware of their speed as spring approaches. Many people use the Fermilab site for recreation, so please drive safely. We don't want to meet by accident.
-- Chuck Morrison, Traffic Safety Subcommittee chair