University, community officials launch ‘Travel with Care Auburn’ campaign

To heighten awareness of transportation safety, Auburn University, the City of Auburn, Auburn Police Division and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office launched the weeklong “Travel with Care” campaign, Monday, March 18. Auburn University Executive Director of Public Safety and Security Melvin Owens, Mayor Bill Ham Jr., Auburn Assistant Police Chief Paul Register and Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones joined members of the community to kick off the campaign, which encourages motorists, cyclists, pedestrians, transit riders and commuters using other forms of transportation to make safety their first priority on the road.

Throughout Travel with Care week, traffic laws and safety guidelines will be reinforced through public service announcements. Promotional items, many of which increase commuter visibility, also will be given away daily at various event stations. Big Dog Running Company is partnering with the campaign to make available a wide range of clothing and gear designed to increase nighttime visibility of walkers, cyclists and runners.

Event stations will be set up at the following times and locations: Monday, March 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in downtown Auburn; Tuesday, March 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the concourse at Auburn University; Wednesday, March 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Magnolia Avenue across from Chick-fil-A, and from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Auburn University Village courtyard; Thursday, March 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the concourse at Auburn University; and Friday, March 22, from 10 a.m. to noon at the corner of Magnolia Avenue and Donahue Drive.

During Travel with Care week, members of the Auburn Police Division will focus on enforcement of traffic and safety regulations including nighttime visibility, jaywalking, proper passing of transit and school buses and the three-foot law for passing cyclists.

Visit www.TravelWithCareAuburn.com to find out more about the many activities taking place March 18-22.

Contact: Susan McCallister, (334) 844-4876 (mccalsm@auburn.edu), or Mike Clardy, Communications and Marketing, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)