Traffic Safety at Fermilab

Photo of Street Sign: No Cell Phones While Driving

Remember: No on-site cell phone use while driving.

Speed limits: Don't drive with a lead foot

"A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water!"
—Carl Reiner's humorous take on winter

Be wise and be safe this winter. Snow and ice are dangerous and should be treated with respect. Drive cautiously, walk cautiously, and give yourself extra time to get to your destination so you don't feel the need to hurry.

Before you hit the accelerator take five seconds and think. Remember that posted speeds on site take into consideration visibility, road width and conditions, traffic patterns and other safety factors. Double yellow lines and warning signs are posted to augment safety considerations in that area as well.

Fermilab has adopted, as a minimum standard, portions of the State of Illinois Vehicle Code and the Rules of the Road. These are the same standards that motorists are legally obligated to observe when operating vehicles on public roadways in Illinois. The laboratory reserves the right to employ more stringent standards to reduce vehicle accidents. The no cell phone usage while driving policy enacted by laboratory management is an example of this.

Failure to follow these regulations on laboratory property could result in a citation issued by Fermilab Security and possible disciplinary action. Some examples of infractions that can result in a citation include:

  • Exceeding the posted speed limit in parking lots.
  • Exceeding the posted speed limit on roadways.
  • Not coming to a complete stop at posted stop signs.
  • Failure to yield right-of-way to vehicles or pedestrians where required.
  • Crossing a double yellow line to pass any vehicle, except for slow moving equipment.

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Richard Ruthe

Questions & Answers

Posted: March 29, 2010
Do I get any sort of notification before the "final written warning"?
People who get one moving violation or two parking violations (within 90 days) will get an e-mail informing them of both the appeals process and the discipline process.

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