WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Wichita State’s Police Department will begin writing traffic citations to improve safety.
No single event caused the change, however, campus authorities say a professor was nearly killed in 2016 while crossing the street because of a distracted driver.
“For us, all we’re concerned about is modifying people’s bad driving habits so we can have a safer campus,” interim campus police chief Bob Hinshaw said Friday.
Violations will be issued at the discretion of the officers.
Previously, the university was giving verbal warnings to drivers for traffic infractions on campus. However, effective Nov. 1, there will be consequences, and fines will be assessed. Faculty, staff and students will have one set of citations that can be issued and can be appealed through the Traffic Appeals Committee on campus. Visitors will be given a citation through the 18th judicial court, much like a trooper or sheriff’s deputy would give.
“By driving within the legal guidelines, you’re not going to have to worry about whether you appear in campus court or district court,” chief Hinshaw said.
The monies collected for affiliated citations go to a general fund, while the District Court citations go to the state of Kansas.
Going the wrong way down a one way would cost $75 to affiliated drivers and failure to use the blinker would be a $45 fine.
The Wichita State University Police Department has chosen to release this information in advance of issuing citations so there is transparency in what the department is doing as an agency to help keep our campus safe for everyone.
“The more people know, the more attention they’ll pay, and the less likely they’ll get a ticket,” chief Hinshaw said.