With the winter weather coming to an end in the foreseeable future, dangerous driving is bound to return to the Humber College campus and surrounding roadways.
But the college cannot solely police the roadways, says Director of Public Safety, Rob Kilfoyle.
“It’s difficult for us to do that because it is private property, so we don’t have police powers on private property.” says Kilfoyle.
With the Humber College campus not being patrolled, the school has to use surveillance systems to report an issue after the fact according to the Department of Public Safety policies.
University of Guelph Humber third-year business student Nico Dottori says he has witnessed dangerous driving on campus.
“Especially on that main street that goes right through campus, a lot of people like to speed, a lot of them have loud exhausts and try to show off or something. They speed up because their car sounds loud or good.” says Dottori.
The main streets that Dottori refers to are Silver Bell Lane and Arboretum Boulevard, both of which feature long straight portions of road and plenty of pedestrian crosswalks.
Kilfoyle says that issues have to be more extreme than simply speeding to get the police involved.
“We can have the police respond to issues of dangerous driving because that is a criminal offence. If something comes to our attention that could be considered criminal, we can certainly bring in the police and have them investigate.”
Thomas Edmonds, a Humber College student thinks that there is a lack of awareness for pedestrians on campus.
“At the four way stop by the LRC I see a lot of rolling stops and not watching at the crosswalks.” says Edmonds.
But Edmonds says the roads around campus are just as dangerous.
“At the lights at the front of the school, lots of people are doing U-turns right into the crosswalk, it is overall not the safest area.”
These dangerous U turns are occurring at the intersection of Humber College Boulevard and Windwood Drive, which turns into Silver Bell Lane on campus, which is an intersection many students use to cross into the subdivision across the street.
Edmonds fears the worst for pedestrians having to rely on dangerous and distracted drivers obeying the speed limit on an honour system.
“Someone could get hurt.” – Thomas Edmonds.
Kilfoyle says that in his five years working at Humber nothing major has occurred on campus.
“A couple of minor pedestrians being struck incidents, most of that stuff happens off campus on Humber college Boulevard.” he says.
If students do see incidents of dangerous driving on campus, they are asked to report it to the Department of Public safety, who will investigate.