March 16, 2010
Principia College Safety Policy
TO: All Faculty, Staff, and Students
FROM: Paul G. Dixon Director of Safety Operations
DATE: September 2, 1999
RE: Transportation off campus and Fleet vehicles
I. Beltrees Road
In keeping with Principia's Strategic Safety Plan, action plan number 6 (preventive action to prevent injuries) fleet vehicles owned by The Principia will drive through the town of Elsah to get the river road. The only exceptions for travel to the right down Beltrees are those vehicles needing to go to Rout 3 or towards Jersyville. The Lockhaven shortcut is not a valid reason to turn right off campus. Returning to campus will also be through the village of Elsah. As most of you know, Beltrees speed limit is 55MPH. At times the state has no intentions of changing this. Principia recommends travel to the River Road though Elsah for all non fleet vehicles and visitors for safety reasons.
II. Placement within the vehicle
No vehicles leaving campus may carry more passengers than the vehicle is designed to hold. This means if the vehicle is equipped with 5 seatbelts, only 5 passengers will be allowed to pass through the gate. On the same note, setting upon another's lap is a safety violation and against Illinois State Law and Principia's Policy. Transportation of children under the age of four(4) must be in a proper child restraint, such as a car seat, according to The Federal Child Protection Act. Drivers of children between 4 and 6 shall be responsible for restraining them in a seat belt or proper car seat at all times.
III. Pickup Trucks and trailered vehicles
No passengers are allowed to ride in the truck bed of any vehicle leaving or arriving at Principia's gate. This is an unsafe act. The Watchman will be required to stop these vehicles with passengers in the bed of the trick and correct the seating arrangement. No passengers may ride in a trailered vehicle such as a trailered boat or camper. This type pf trailers have been known to come loose spilling its contents.
IV. Travel on Campus
If moving about on campus, passengers may ride in the bed of a pickup truck as long as they remain seated on the floor of the bed with all appendages within the walls of the bed. This is the only exception to the rules above concerning passengers.