Pole on Brandeis takes out Honda

By Roxanne Glazier
Published: December 2009

Campus Aide Joanna Norton arrived at South on Thanksgiving morning for the football game, and found one of the cement pylons had been knocked over and shattered.

According to Norton, “those cement pylons are actually meant to breakaway on purpose to lessen the impact when a car hits them.

Norton brought the pylon destruction to the administration and campus officers’ attention; however, no one knew who crashed into it. Although the pylon was fixed, a crumpled front bumper of what seems to be a black Honda SUV remains as a reminder of the accident.

“It’s a mystery, Principal Joel Stembridge said. “We called the town and they fixed the telephone pole but left the bumper.

While this year, there have not been many severe accidents, this incident reminds students of the importance of driving carefully and at the speed limit.

“Once in a while I see other kids rev their engines on Brandeis [Road] and I’m like ‘ËœWhoa!’ Senior Tanny Kang, who does not yet have his license, said.

According to Norton, students who drive like this on campus are always reported for speeding. In addition, teachers who see students speeding will inform the campus aids.

Senior Hannah Fürgang makes a deliberate effort to drive within the speed limit, but sometimes feels herself wanting to speed. “I’m kind of a goody-two-shoes, which is why I actually try to follow [the speed limit], but I do often feel inclined to drive faster, Fürgang said.

Norton wishes that students would slow down when driving for both their safety and the safety of others. “Kids drive way too fast around campus, Norton said. “They can’t tell if somebody stopped until they’re right on top of that person…[and there are] always students walking around.

Senior Michelle Chin thinks that speeding rates could be lowered if driver’s education classes spent more time teaching about and showing videos on common consequences of speeding rather than just consequences of drunk driving.

Kang, however, doubts that teenager’s driving habits could be changed.

“Kids will be kids. They like to go fast sometimes, Kang said.

Another problem is that students tend to allow their friends to speed by letting the problem go unspoken.

“I rarely feel comfortable telling my friends to slow down, Fürgang said.

Chin, on the other hand, would definitely tell them to slow down. “If I was in their position I would want someone to do the same for me. Half of the time while you’re driving, you don’t realize that you’re speeding, until someone points it out, Chin said.

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