UNT’s growing enrollment — more than 39,000 students this fall — brings with it the need for stepped-up enforcement of rules for driving and parking vehicles on campus.
“Safety remains a top priority at UNT,” says Bob Brown, senior vice president for finance and administration. “That is why I’m asking everyone who uses a car, golf cart, service vehicle or other vehicle on campus to follow policies and best practices that keep our community safe. Doing so will help drivers avoid a citation.”
Important information to keep in mind:
- Citations are the responsibility of the vehicle operator – even if the vehicle belongs to UNT.
- The most common violation that will result in a citation is parking illegally, including parking:
- in a fire lane
- on a sidewalk
- in a bicycle lane
- blocking a crosswalk
- in areas marked with “no parking” signs
- in handicapped spots without appropriate permits
- in any other such areas that impede pedestrian and bicycle traffic
- Vehicles should be parked in parking spaces only. Golf carts may be parked in any service vehicle parking space on campus, on the grass and in areas near buildings that do not block pedestrian areas, provided they do not park illegally as noted above.
- Vehicles should never be driven through inner campus unless there is a specific need, such as a delivery. Departments that believe they have a legitimate need should consult with Transportation Services to determine the best place to park or how to best access the interior of campus. Drivers may be stopped by UNT Police or Transportation Services to determine their need and receive appropriate guidance.
- All drivers must yield to pedestrians, per state law. To further support safety, UNT’s policy is that all vehicles must be stopped and clear of sidewalks or service driveways during class changes because pedestrian traffic is at its heaviest.
In previous years, drivers may not have received citations for these violations but with UNT’s growth it is now necessary.