KU Police Department has taken every precaution within their power to keep the intersections near our campus safe. Although they are not able to engineer improvements on city streets without the approval of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County, they try to work with the city on safety concerns and appropriate signage. Due to the high-volume traffic, the police department purchased and installed the flashing lights outside the Orr-Major and KU Med Store bookstore crossing. They assign officers to assist with the pedestrian crosswalks when feasible and issue numerous tickets at this intersection, including tickets to pedestrians for not using crosswalks and tickets to drivers for failing to yield or speeding. All of this is centered on reinforcing safety! The money generated from citations benefit the city, not the university.
As always, employees are reminded to apply personal safety measures when on campus and off. Be aware of your surroundings, and make eye contact with others when possible. Keep your hands free — do not talk or text on your phone, which distracts you from noticing what's going on around you, particularly when crossing a street.
In summary, everyone is encouraged to exercise common sense. Don't assume someone will stop, either as a driver or a pedestrian. Stay alert and obey traffic signs. You can also take advantage of the overhead crosswalks, which were designed specifically for pedestrian safety. For more crosswalk safety information, visit our website.
Do you have a passion for patient safety? Would you like to learn more about quality in health care?
A free training program is available to all hospital and medical center staff, physicians, and students. Called KU-I-QuEST (Interprofessional-Quality Education and Safety Training), the program is designed for anyone interested in learning about quality and safety in health care.
Deadline to apply is Tuesday, July 1. There are 100 openings, and applicants will be selected and notified by July 20.
The program is coordinated by the hospital, medical center and School of Nursing. It is made possible through grants from the KUMC Auxiliary and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.
Contact Lisa Ogawa, Ph.D., RN, School of Nursing clinical assistant professor, at 913-588-1684 with questions or for more information.