After Haluk Yapicioglu was struck by a car while crossing Magnolia last week, pedestrian safety once again moved to the foreground, much as it did after Shou Ju Chen and Mary Hammett were similarly struck.
Over the next four weeks, The Plainsman will be bringing you a series of articles about pedestrian safety on this campus.
Please take note and pay attention.
This is an issue that could easily affect each and every person on this campus.
As journalists, we feel it is a vital necessity to cover all aspects of this issue to their fullest extent.
It is only in diligently seeking the truth and reporting it that we will be able to understand and comprehend the problems facing us and the solutions we need.
We will not take an editorial stance on this issue until that series of articles is finished.
We will not make up our minds on the matter until we review all of the evidence, carefully weighing facts and figures along with anecdotes, personal tales and a plethora of opinions.
However, we certainly invite and implore you to share your views and opinions with us.
Send a letter to the editor if you have a strong opinion on the matter.
Let us know if you or someone you know has had similar issues happen to them on campus.
If there are places on campus you think could prove dangerous, bring them to our attention.
We can only be fully effective in covering this campus with the help of you, our Auburn family.
In the mean time, be careful.
As silly as it sounds, stop and look both ways before crossing.
Drivers, remember the existence of speed limits and be vigilant in areas where you know pedestrians are prevalent.
When you have to cover the bleak reality of these accidents like we do, you understand how important the issue of pedestrian safety is.
We can say without fear of hyperbole that, on this particular issue, human lives are indeed at stake.