Speed, carelessness has increased crashes on campus

Anna Bess Pavlakovich
Oxford Stories

In the past 30 days, the Ole Miss Campus has seen 43 vehicular accidents. With a few occurring each day, they are one of the most common crimes on campus, and most are fender benders in parking lots.

Although this seems like a minor problem, Steven McCain, a service rider at Highway 30 Collision Repair, said most people don’t realize the expenses of a minor crash.

“A thousand dollars is, like, a very minor fender bender,” McCain said. “Very rarely do you see anything less than that. Even with fender benders, you can have a lot of damage as far as the cost to repair the car.”

McCain said the cost is higher than most people realize. Yet, fender benders are not only fiscally taxing, but emotionally taxing as well.

Ole Miss sophomore Nick Morris got into a parking lot fender bender on campus, and he found the entire process overwhelming.

“It was very nerve-racking, especially since it was my first time ever being an accident,” Morris said. “I was more mad at myself because it was originally my fault, and I knew that the moment it happened. Overall, it was definitely a wake up call for me to be a little more aware.”

Morris’s accident is a prime example of how careless and distracted driving comes with bigger-than-expected consequences.

To avoid spending your time, money, and energy on car repairs, University Police Lieutenant Bishop Lewis has one main tip to safe driving on campus.

“The biggest safety tip I would give is: just slow down,” Lt. Lewis said. “You know, the university is a compact campus. It has hills and curves, and then there’s a ton of pedestrian foot traffic, bicyclists, motorcycles, all of that.”

Lewis said slowing down gives you more time to stop in case anything gets in your way. Another tip Lewis offered is to familiarize yourself with the campus roads, speeds, and parking lots.

“If you’re familiar with the areas that you’re driving in and parking in, then you can do so more safely,” Lewis said.

To read more safe driving tips, check out Nationwide Insurance’s driving safety tips. For updates on traffic and accidents on campus or in the Oxford area, follow the Oxford Police Department on Twitter.

For your safety, bank account, and sanity, make sure you slow down and stay focused when you’re driving on campus.

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