There are zombies walking on campus, and the LSU Police Department and University Relations are trying to prevent an epidemic.
LSUPD and University Relations started the “Don’t Be a Zombie, Join the Tiger Resistance” campaign this week in response to students running into one another on bikes, in cars and on foot while on their phones on campus, said LSUPD Spokesman Capt. Cory Lalonde.
The zombie theme was chosen due to its popularity in film and television where the living dead meander without much purpose, according to Todd Miller, University Relations director of communication.
“We hope this is a tongue-in-cheek way that everyone on campus can be aware of safety issues,” Miller said.
Lalonde said the issue is not being pressed on just one type of campus nomad.
“Sometimes pedestrians step out too quickly at crosswalks,” Lalonde said. “But bikers need to understand the rules of the road and not ride on sidewalks, and motorists need to know they have to yield at crosswalks and pay attention to pedestrians and cyclists at intersections.”
Lalonde said police officers will be in Free Speech Plaza on Wednesday handing out flyers and answering questions about on-campus safety.
Psychology freshman Alex Schulte said she notices a lack of awareness of drivers when she crosses the road.
“When a car is turning at a green light but pedestrians still have the walk sign, we still have the right of way,” Schulte said.
Seth Pottle, math junior, admitted to walking while on his phone but said he is aware of his surroundings.
“There were a few people hit recently on campus, so there is room for improvement,” Pottle said.