Julianne Ohotnicky: Smith continues to educate students on crosswalk safety
To the editor:
The writer of a Nov. 11 letter raises important concerns for the safety of drivers and pedestrians on Elm Street, saying, “Smith College students need to open their eyes to traffic.”
With the early evenings and afternoon solar glare, this is a time of year for both pedestrians and drivers to exercise particular caution at crosswalks.
We recognize the need to continually educate our students about the steps they need to take to ensure safety on a campus that is spanned by a road as heavily traveled as Elm Street, a state highway. A few years ago, we partnered with the city to enhance visibility and awareness for drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists through a series of roadway and signage improvements recommended by an engineering firm that consulted with residents and city officials.
We also recognize that this is an ongoing effort, which is why we incorporate traffic safety and awareness education into regular meetings and communications with students and residential staff, beginning at orientation. We are continually reviewing and adjusting our education programs in an effort to ensure the safety of our students, employees, visitors and neighbors.
Julianne Ohotnicky is dean of students at Smith College.