Students Report Hit-and-Runs

Emily Creasey: Chief Anderson stated that one of the most frequent distractions in hit-and-runs is cellphones.
Chief Anderson stated that one of the most frequent distractions in hit-and-runs is cellphones.

In recent months, students have come forward with reports of hit-and-runs on campus. Students have walked to their cars after classes only to find that their cars have been dented and scratched. While students are upset about the cosmetic damages, their frustration lies with the drivers of the responsible vehicles. In their complaints, students have expressed their desire for explanations.

Chief J. Kevin Anderson with the Spring Hill College Police Department offered suggestions to students involved in hit-and-runs. For future reference, if a student discovers that his or her car has been hit, the student should call Public Safety immediately. Chief Anderson instructs students to “not move the vehicle. Take pictures and have your driver’s license, vehicle registration and insurance card ready.” His instructions apply to the drivers of the vehicles at fault as well. Chief Anderson emphasized the importance of remaining at the scene of the accident and awaiting the arrival of Public Safety.

Accidents can happen to anyone. SHC’s campus has designated parking lots for both residential and commuting students. Because some of these parking lots make for a tight fit, it is important that students practice safe-driver etiquette. Chief Anderson suggests students be courteous and follow the rules of the road. Distractions are often to blame for accidents. One of the most frequent distractions is cell phones. In regards to cell phones, Chief Anderson stated, “Stay off the cell phone-- even when you are on foot walking on campus.” By eliminating distractions, students are better able to stay aware of their surroundings.

If a student finds themself in a fender-bender, he or she should focus on remaining calm. Chief Anderson advises to “control your emotions at the scene. They are called accidents for a reason.” However, by practicing safety, students can minimize the chances of being involved in an accident. Chief Anderson concluded by reminding students that “if you need help from Public Safety, just ask. That is why we are here.”

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