Jaywalkers in Galesburg now subject to $120 fines

A construction worker paints the crosswalks on West and South Street Thursday, Nov. 8. (Jessica Couvillier/TKS)

A construction worker paints the crosswalks on West and South Street Thursday, Nov. 8. (Jessica Couvillier/TKS)

You may want to think twice the next time you cross the street near campus.

In a campus-wide email Tuesday, Campus Safety Director John Schlaf announced that pedestrians are now subject to a $120 fine for “failing to utilize the marked pedestrian crosswalks.”

Schlaf said this change comes at the end of a “warning period” imposed by the Galesburg Police Department.

Instructor in Art and South Street Safety Task Force member Michael Godsil spoke of the importance of challenging the idea that student can cross wherever they want.

He mentioned the importance of respect being reciprocated by both drivers and pedestrians.

“Students need to realize this is a 50/50 equation,” he said.


This new measure is coming into effect in the hopes of changing pedestrian behavior before future road construction on Main Street diverts a large amount of traffic to South Street and make the situation more dangerous.

“$120 sounds serious, but not comparted to one of our students getting hurt of killed.” concluded Godsil.

Check back with TKS for updates on this story.

Charlie Megenity
Charlie Megenity (formerly Gorney) is a senior double majoring in political science and economics. He previously served TKS as managing editor and as co-news editor while working as the weekend reporter for The Galesburg Register-Mail. Over the summer of 2012, Charlie interned in Wisconsin with Patch.com, an online hyperlocal news source, where he covered the August 2012 Oak Creek Sikh temple shooting; he will return to Patch during the summer of 2013. He is also the journalism editor for Catch magazine.. Charlie has received three awards from the Illinois College Press Association for newswriting and design, including a first place award for front page layout. He was the 2013 recipient of the Theodore Hazen Kimble Memorial Award in Journalism for a feature story published in The Knox Student. His work has also appeared in The Huffington Post.

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