Traffic Safety

Since traffic law violations are the primary cause of many traffic crashes that often result in serious injuries, it is beneficial to the safety of the University of North Florida (UNF) and surrounding communities to address traffic law violations. The high volume of pedestrian and vehicular traffic on and around the university makes traffic enforcement desirable; to reduce traffic crashes, prevent injuries, and decrease property loss.

 

One of the ways the University of North Florida Police Department (UPD) promotes traffic safety is through the education and enforcement of the traffic law. The enforcement of Florida traffic laws and Jacksonville municipal ordinances on university property is another tool that enables the UPD to better serve the university community.

 

All officially designated roadway areas are posted. The posted signs regulate the type of speed, direction of travel and overall movement of motor vehicles while on campus. Florida traffic law shall apply to every street, drive, sidewalk area, driveway and to every other public way, public place or public parking area. All motorized vehicles that operate on university roadways must be properly licensed, insured and operated by a driver possessing a valid driver's license that is accepted in the State of Florida. Police Officers employed by the UPD may use discretion in determining whether a University Warning Ticket or a Florida Uniform Traffic Citation (UTC) will be issued. If a University Warning Ticket is issued to a violator on the UNF campus, it will not result in loss of points on the vehicle operator's driver's license nor will the violation be reflected on the operator's State driving record. Issuance of a Florida UTC may result in both. The University Warning Ticket provides officers with an alternative method to educate drivers on the UNF campus and enforce traffic law violations less punitively.

 

Violators are encouraged not to ignore Florida UTCs issued by University Police Officers for equipment or moving violations. Delinquent citations may result in the Florida Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles imposition of additional fines, suspension or revocation of driver's license. Florida UTCs issued on the UNF campus or anywhere within Duval County can be deposed of at any branch office of the Duval County Clerk of the Courts. Florida UTCs may be contested by requesting a court appearance through the Duval County Clerk or the Courts. Please bare in mind that frustration or anger over receiving a citation, forgetfulness, being late for class, lack of knowledge of Florida traffic law or the inability to recognize the authority of the University of North Florida Police Department are not prudent arguments for contesting a citation. Violators should note that frivolous contesting of Florida UTCs is discouraged as they only serve to waste the time of everyone involved.

 

Please refer to the State of Florida driver handbook for additional information about Florida Traffic Laws or visit the Florida Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles at www.hsmv.state.fl.us.

 

Traffic Safety Campaigns

"Click It or Ticket"

 

More than 15,000 passenger vehicle occupants died in traffic crashes between the nighttime hours of 6:00 p.m. and 5:59 a.m. during 2005, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration - and 59 percent of those motorists killed were NOT wearing their seat belts at the time of the fatal crash.

 

The proportion of unbuckled deaths at night is considerably higher than the nearly as alarming 44 percent of passenger vehicle occupants who were not wearing their seats belts and were killed during daytime hours across the nation that same year.

 

That's why the University of North Florida Police Department (UPD) has joined with other state and local law enforcement and highway safety officials to crack down on low seat belt use and to reduce roadway fatalities. The Click It or Ticket campaign is an aggressive national effort to mobilize law enforcement to enforce seat belt laws and to convince more motorists to buckle up - day and night. For more information, contact the UPD or visit www.nhtsa.gov/CIOT 

 

"Over the Limit, Under Arrest"

Drunk driving is one of America 's deadliest crimes. In 2005, nearly 13,000 people died in highway crashes involving a driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. The picture for motorcycle operators is particularly bleak. Forty-one percent of the 1,878 motorcycle operators who died in single-vehicle crashes in 2005 had BAC levels of .08 or higher.

 

That is why the University of North Florida Police Department (UPD) has joined with thousands of other law enforcement and highway safety agencies across the nation to take part in the Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest crackdown on impaired driving.  

 

Driving with a BAC of .08 or higher is illegal in every state. Yet in 2005, 12,945 crash fatalities involved a driver or motorcycle operator with a BAC of .08 or higher, amounting to approximately one fatality every 41 minutes. To deter this careless disregard for human life, the UPD's officers are dedicated to arresting impaired drivers wherever and whenever they find them.

 

Drunk driving is simply not worth the risk. Not only do you risk killing yourself or someone else, but the financial and personal costs of a crash or an arrest for impaired driving can be significant. Violators often face jail time, the loss of their driver's license, higher insurance rates, attorney fees, time away from work, and dozens of other expenses. Plus, offenders risk added embarrassment, humiliation and other potential losses and consequences after informing family, friends and employers.

 

The national Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest. impaired driving crackdown is a program organized by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that focuses on combining high-visibility enforcement with heightened public awareness through advertising and publicity. For more information, contact the UPD or visit www.StopImpairedDriving.org 

 

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