Speed bumps inquires

By Cheryl Tranchitella
October 18, 2001

Speed bumps. I feel as though there are more of them than there are students on campus. I realize that they are put on the road for safety purposes, but they are everywhere. Every time I go off campus I go over at least three or four. That is a little excessive considering our campus size.

I am not the only one out there who cannot stand these three-foot-high mountains that eat the bottom of your car no matter how slow you go over them. I am talking about two in particular, the new one near Xavier residence hall and also the one near the Cabrini Apartment Complex. I have overheard people on campus talking about these constantly. Even my parents mentioned something to me, and parents are all about safety.

If you have a low sports car or even a normal car, you are going to hear a very unpleasant scrape when going over these yellow mountains. The only vehicles that are safe are sport utility vehicles, vans, Jeeps and pick-up trucks. It is not like they get worn down from all the cars traveling over them either. The one in front of the apartments has been that bad since last year.

There are two kinds of speed bumps on this campus: friendly ones and not so friendly ones. There are three friendly speed bumps and they are in front of Woodcrest residence hall, Holy Spirit Library, and the mansion. Even though they do not force you to come to a complete stop, only to proceed in fear of what is going to happen to your car, people still slow down as you are supposed to when there is a speed bump. All the not so friendly ones are back by the houses and the apartments, not to mention the new one near Xavier. That one in particular is okay on one side and comes to a peak on the other that is practically the same height as the curb. For those of you who do not know this by now, cars are not made to go over curbs.

My advice to any who does not have a SUV, Jeep, van or pick up truck is to try to find an alternate route to get off campus where the bottom of your car is safe.

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