University of New Mexico Police and Security

University of New Mexico Police and Security

September 2019 STOMP
Safety Topic of the Month
Safety On Campus

Pedestrian safety on Campus is always a concern. Year round, UNM has pedestrians crossing in many areas. Please follow these safety tips:

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  • Don’t be distracted when crossing the street.
  • Even though you may be in a crosswalk and have the right of way, don’t count on the driver seeing you. A driver may not see you for various reasons, such as obstacles in the area, sun in their eyes, or distracted driving.
  • Report unsafe crosswalk areas. Don’t assume others know about a problem at the crossing area. If you see something that concerns you, please call UNMPD at 277-2241.


  • If you are a skateboarder on campus streets, remember that you are faster than the foot traffic. If a driver is focused on pedestrians crossing, they may not see you.
  • The safest way to cross a street is to dismount and cross on foot.


  • Bicyclists follow driver’s rules of the road. Go through an intersection as if you are a driver. Otherwise, dismount and cross on foot through a crosswalk.


  • The speed limit is 20 mph on campus streets for a reason.
  • On campus there are a lot of busy areas and people may cross in other areas than crosswalks.
  • Don’t be a distracted driver. That text message is not worth the lives you may be risking by answering it.
  • Pedestrians have the right of way in crosswalks. Be patient.
  • Traffic Circles, also known as Roundabouts
  • Yield to traffic already within the roundabout.
  • Be aware that at traffic circles a driver has less visibility, but still has to look out for pedestrians, bicyclists, and skateboarders.
  • Bicyclists are encouraged to dismount and cross at a crosswalk, unless they are very experienced.
  • Pedestrians are encouraged to cross during gaps in traffic. Even though pedestrians have the right of way, making a vehicle stop suddenly could be dangerous to both pedestrians and drivers.

Parking Structures

  • The speed limit in parking structures is 5 mph because of the increased risk to pedestrians. Drivers, keep slow and vigilant to pedestrians crossing between parked vehicles. Pedestrians, be aware that drivers may not see you. Look at the driver and make eye contact before crossing in a structure.

Click here to view a video on campus street safety, by Facility Management.

Click here for more information on Pedestrian Safety on Campus.

Click here to see UNM's Policy for non-motorized and small-motorized vehicles, Policy 2260.

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