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Snow is dangerous

Andy Baughey

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Most of us have played in the snow at one time or another and probably had a great time doing so.

I would be willing to bet that not too many of us enjoy playing on the snow while in our vehicles on a major interstate or roadway, though.

While I was crawling towards campus Feb. 11, I saw numerous cars in the median and on the side of the road while I sped along at 5 miles per hour.

Since traffic was so slow, it gave me time to think, who in the heck calls a snow day for NKU? With a bit of research, I found out it was the Department of Public Safety.

According to the policy, classes will be cancelled only if severe travel conditions exist. I ask how much more severe did it need to get today for things to be called off? I realize that the snow is eventually going to taper off, but if someone from Public Safety would simply turn on a radio or television, he or she could easily determine that unsafe travel conditions exist.

Take a drive on 275 and cruise over to the Ohio side of things, or take a cruise down some of the back roads that students must travel in Kentucky to get to campus. Is it really worth our safety to have class when it is this bad?

I decided that it wasn’t and turned around after nearly being hit on 3 separate occasions.

My professors are all very understanding, but I wonder if that is true for every student, especially if they have a test or assignment due.

My hope is that Public Safety will consider these things next time Old Man Winter comes knocking at our door.

I realize they have a difficult job and respect what they do, but I feel that perhaps they might want to take a closer look at the roads and redefine what “hazardous travel conditions” really means.

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