There has been an increase in dangerous driving maneuvers on Lab property. Drivers have been observed tailgating, passing other cars, operating at high speeds, cutting through parking lots to pass other drivers, and rolling through stop signs.
If this sounds dangerous, that’s because it is. Lab roadways are narrow, hilly, and winding. Pedestrians are a common sight, and crosswalks or oncoming cars are not easy to see because of the hills and curves. Add in the unexpected appearance of turkeys, deer, and other wildlife, and the potential for a tragic accident is there. The 15 MPH speed limit on Lab property and other traffic requirements are designed to keep Lab personnel and property safe. It is imperative that drivers follow safe driving rules at the Lab.
Lab policy states that all drivers on Lab property must follow all posted rules and directions and all state regulations for motor vehicle operation. Also, drivers who violate safety and traffic rules are subject to the Lab’s disciplinary process may get ticketed by UC Police and may lose driving privileges for repeated occurrences.
Witnesses to unsafe driving are encouraged to report the incident to the Security Operations Center at 510-486-6999 or SOC@lbl.gov. Include the date, time, and location of the incident, as well as a vehicle description if possible. Also, include any additional witnesses. Together we can keep everyone – humans and wildlife – at Berkeley Lab safe.