“We conducted and will continue to conduct a traffic blitz on Perth Drive in order to remind motorists that it is a 20 kilometre per hour zone during the day,” said CCPS director Elgin Austen.
“During most days, we have approximately 1,000 students per day crossing the road and 400 vehicles traveling per hour,” he added.
As part of the campaign, Austen said officers stopped every vehicle on the road last Thursday in order to hand them a flyer about safety.
“We wanted to remind them that the campus is a student-oriented location and that drivers should be cautious when they are on the streets.
“Overall we had an excellent response from motorists,” he said.
While Western has not seen a major traffic accident on campus recently, Austen said the CCPS is taking a proactive approach with its campaign. “We don’t want to see anyone hit, but the potential is there,” he said.
In addition, the CCPS is on the lookout for motorists who speed.
“We are conducting a three-stage initiative. The first stage is educating motorists about the dangers involved with speed, and the second stage is placing speed watch signs on the street.
“The third stage will be having a more concerted effort to ticketing offenders who don’t comply with the speed limit in coming weeks,” Austen said.
In regards to pranks, Austen said six offenders were found at the Cronyn Memorial Observatory early Monday morning attempting to paint the dome.
“They were apprehended and told to go home. Physical plant is now working to clean up the paint,” he said.
Besides a few drunken incidents, the weekend proved to be quiet for the CCPS, Austen said.
“We’ve been dealing with less incidents since the beginning of the year. People have been settling down as exams have arrived,” he said.