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Recognizing and Avoiding Aggressive Drivers 

Aggressive driving is any unsafe behavior performed purposely with ill intent or disregard for safety that puts other drivers or property at risk. It is a moving violation subject to fines or jail time. Examples of aggressive driving include:

  • speeding in heavy traffic and/or driving too fast for road conditions;
  • tailgating and/or cutting in front of another driver, then slowing down;
  • running red lights, speeding up through yellow lights or running stop signs (most dangerous);
  • weaving in and out of traffic and changing lanes without signaling;
  • blocking cars attempting to pass or change lanes; or
  • passing a vehicle on the wrong side of the road.

Some people drive aggressively because they have too much to do and are “running late” for work, school, their next meeting, lesson, soccer game, or other appointment.

Speeding is a type of aggressive driving that often includes many other unsafe behaviors including: tailgating, frequent unsafe lane changes, running red lights or stop signs, and often become angry at anyone who they believe impedes their progress.

Speed also affects your safety even when you are driving at the speed limit but too fast for road conditions, such as during bad weather, during traffic congestion when a road is under repair, or in an area at night that isn’t well lit.

Speeding endangers not only the life of the speeder, but all of the people on the road around them, including law enforcement officers. In 2020, speeding was a contributing factor in 29% of all traffic fatalities.

Speeding catches up with you, car damage after a crash with tree.

Extreme cases of aggressive driving escalate to road rage, which can end in violence. Road rage behaviors (other than shouting or inappropriate gesturing) is a criminal offense. Examples of road rage include any of the following behaviors:

  • cursing or making rude or obscene gestures at other drivers;
  • throwing objects at another vehicle;
  • ramming or sideswiping a vehicle;
  • forcing a driver off the road; or
  • physically assaulting a driver.

Once you’ve identified an aggressive driver, the safest thing that you can do is to avoid them.

Use your mirrors and peripheral vision to actively monitor the area around your vehicle. When you see a vehicle being driven aggressively make a mental note of the vehicle and its position. Stay alert to the likelihood that driver may create hazards that you’ll need to deal with.

When you see an aggressive driver, make your avoidance plan. Most often, the best solution is to let them go ahead. Find a safe place, adjust your lane position a little so they can see the way past you is clear. You may want to gently reduce your speed to encourage them to pass.

Avoid Confrontation

Remaining calm and courteous behind the wheel of a vehicle lowers a driver’s risk of an unpleasant confrontation or negative driving encounter.

Upset driver with a clinched fist.

Avoid eye contact. Eye contact with aggressive drivers increases the chance of confrontation. Steer clear and ignore angry drivers, when possible. Keep the encounter as impersonal as possible.

Do not respond to aggression with aggression.
Traffic problems and drivers’ behaviors are not a personal challenge or an affront. Avoid becoming reactive. Get out of the other drivers’ way as soon as safely possible.

Be tolerant and forgiving. Another driver may be having a really bad day. Always assume their behavior is not personal.

While drivers have no control over others on the road, they can control their behaviors and reactions to circumstances around them. Staying alert, remaining calm, and obeying the rules of the road can help decrease aggressive driving and avoid the dangers of road rage.

Avoid Actions that Provoke Others

Avoid tailgating.
Give other drivers room on the road. Leave at least a two-second cushion between vehicles to provide enough room to stop in an emergency and to give other drivers room to change lanes, if needed. Having a safety zone of at least two seconds between your car and the next vehicle is recommended during normal driving conditions. Bad weather, traffic conditions, and personal preferences could all require the safety zone to be larger.

Never drive in the passing lane.
The left lane of multi-lane roadways is the passing lane for use when passing another vehicle. After passing a vehicle, move back into a driving lane when both headlights of the passed vehicle are visible in the rear view mirror.

Let drivers pass.
Avoid obstructing the flow of traffic even when going the speed limit. Always allow faster traffic to pass. Never challenge an aggressive driver by speeding up, slowing down, or attempting to hold the same position. Avoid causing another driver to change their speed or direction. Never force a driver to use their brakes or turn their steering wheel.

Use turn signals appropriately.
Use turn signals when merging, changing lanes, or turning. Check blind spots before merging or switching lanes to ensure other drivers are not cut off. Do not speed. Speeding increases the chances of a driver losing control of a vehicle. It is a contributing factor in more than one-quarter of all traffic fatalities.

Use the horn and headlight high beams responsibly.
Tap the horn only when needed but avoid the long blasts and accompanying hand gestures. On an expressway, two brief flashes of high beams are acceptable to request a slow driver in a passing lane to move. Do not use repeated high beam flashes or use steady high beams to make a slow vehicle move or go faster. When driving at night, dim headlights when approaching head-on traffic.

Let drivers merge.
Whether merging or yielding the right of way, drive courteously to avoid a confrontation. When in doubt let, the other vehicle go first.

Consider others in parking lots.
Park in one spot, not across multiple spaces. Take care not to hit cars with the
vehicle’s door or with nearby shopping carts.

How to Avoid Becoming an Aggressive Driver

Make a plan and give yourself enough time to get where you are going. Not knowing where you’re going or not having enough time to get there are among the most common reasons for aggressive driving behaviors. Avoid those traps: think about the route you’re going to take and make a trip plan with a realistic schedule. Make adjustments when trips don’t proceed exactly as planned. Don’t take your problems and frustrations with you into the car. Getting behind the wheel when you’re upset, frustrated or angry can be an invitation to poor driving behaviors. Remember speed limits are put in place to protect all road users.


Important Campus Construction Updates

Many projects are wrapping up! Let’s talk about residence halls!

Kohler Hall: window install and basement remodel will be wrapped up by Friday.

Brokaw Hall: floors 3 & 4 have new windows and blinds, and new ceiling tiles in the hallways.

Sage Hall: lighting has been installed in the resident rooms, along with new blinds.

Res Life:

  • New furniture has been installed in:
    • 741 E. Boldt Way
    • 742 E. Boldt Way
    • 203 N. Union
    • Brokaw 3rd floor lounge
    • Trever public space
    • Quad 4 public space.
  • New flooring has been installed in:
    • Colman Hall floors 2, 3 & 4 hallways
    • 741 E. Boldt Way public space
    • 203 N. Union public space
    • Sage lobby
    • Trever hallways
  • Quad 2 and 741 E. Boldt Way first floor bathrooms have been updated
  • New ceiling tiles have been installed in several of the buildings  

As always – safety first! Do not enter construction areas! While many projects are wrapping up, there is still construction taking place around campus. Please be mindful of your surroundings at all times. Should you have questions or see anything concerning as you’re out and about, please contact Katherine in Facility Services at: or at ext. 6893

New Employees/Rehires/Promotions

If you see them on campus, please welcome them to Lawrence!

New Employees:

Laura Hoekstra – Assistant Director – Visual & Performing Arts and Nonprofit, Education, & Social Impact

Jason Imperati – Director of Athletics

Whitney Lang – Assistant Volleyball Coach

Ryan Ruzziconi – Head Men’s and Women’s Tennis Coach

Annie Showlater – Assistant Swimming and Diving Coach

Katie DeRuyter – Library Administrative Assistant

Jeffrey Lee – Bon Appetit General Manager

Steven Elizondo – Campus Safety Officer

Dena Reuben – Assistant Dean of Students for International Student Services


Maria Jankowski – Bjorklunden Summer staff

Frances Marshall – Campus Safety Officer


Chris Clarke – Interim Vice President for Student Life

Jacklyn John Fischer – Director of Academic Advising

Gretchen Revie – Acting Director of the Seely G. Mudd Library

Important Campus Construction Updates

Gateway Welcome Arch: You can’t miss the amazing work happening on the corner of College Ave. and Drew St! Watch this project daily as the progress happens that fast!

Drew St. Pedestrian Bridge: The framing is being installed in preparation for pouring the concrete. Everything is on track for this project!


Brokaw Hall: The new window install on floors 3 & 4 is near completion. The basement renovation design is underway and will be an ongoing project for a few months yet.

Resident Halls: Some of the resident halls will be receiving new furniture for their public spaces this week.

As always – safety first! Do not enter construction areas! Please be mindful of your surroundings at all times as construction is in full swing. Should you have questions or see anything concerning as you’re out and about, please contact Katherine in Facility Services at: or at ext. 6893

Personal Health Assessment (PHA) – Save the Date

Returning in the fall of 2022, Lawrence will be continuing Personal Health Assessments. The PHA process is part of a large initiative to assist participants in managing their health and wellness. ThedaCare will again utilize a finger stick blood collection as opposed to an arm draw. This process is less invasive and gives instant results.

Upon completion of the PHA, participants will receive a personalized report to help better understand how your lifestyle habits affect your overall health.  Participants will be able to log in to the Wellworks site to complete the questionnaire, sign up for their onsite screening, and to view their results. Your results of the biometric and lifestyle scoring are confidential.  Participation in the PHA process is open to all staff and faculty employees and all spouses/domestic partners on the Lawrence University medical plan.

Assessment days are as follows:

If you or your spouse/domestic partner who is covered under the medical plan have any concerns regarding availability during the available assessment days, please contact your HR Representative to discuss participation options. 

What you should do before lifting

Planning ahead before lifting items can reduce the possibility of experiencing a material handling injury. Here is a list of tips to follow to ensure that you are lifting in a safe manner.

  • Always check before lifting to see if mechanical aids such as lift trucks, dollies or carts are available (if the lifting task involves moving items from one floor level to another use an elevator if available instead of the stairs).
  • Get help with heavy or awkward loads.
  • Assess and identify the weight of the load.
  • Be sure that you can lift the load without over-exertion.
  • Be sure that the load is “free” to move.
  • Check that the contents of the load are stable and balanced. Repack items so the contents will not shift, where possible.
  • Check that the planned location of the load is free of obstacles and debris.
  • Be sure that the path to the planned location of the load is clear. Grease, oil, water, litter and debris can cause slips and falls.
  • Particular handling and lifting techniques are needed for different kinds of loads or materials being handled (for example, compact loads, small bags, large sacks, drums and barrels, cylinders, sheet materials like metal or glass). Check here or on materials for details
  • Do not lift if you are not sure that you can handle the load safely.

If you are ready – prepare for the lift by warming up the muscles.

You can follow along with Nerd Fitness Senior Coach Staci Ardison for about 4 minutes, this warm-up video of exercises will elevate your heart rate (get your blood flowing), put your muscles and joints through their range of motion to warm them up and make sure everything is functioning properly, and prepare your body to lift.

(Note: you can skip the jump rope and mountain climbers’ exercises)

Beginner Dynamic Warm-up Exercises [4:31]

Now that your warmed up, follow these general tips for lifting

  • Stand close to the load and face the way you intend to move.
  • Use a wide stance to gain balance.
  • Be sure you have a good grip on the load.
  • Keep arms straight.
  • Tighten abdominal muscles.
  • Tuck chin into the chest.
  • Initiate the lift with body weight.
  • Lift the load as close to and as centered to the body as possible.
  • Lift smoothly without jerking.
  • Avoid twisting and side bending while lifting.
  • Avoid carrying loads with only one hand.

Eye on Safety – Lifting Items at Work – Video (skip adds after 5 seconds)

Lifting objects is a common activity in many workplaces. If not done properly, there are many ways you can be injured while lifting objects at work. In this video, we are going to show you some good lifting techniques and share some tips to help you minimize the risk of injury.

Eye on Safety – Images of Lifting at Work

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Off-Campus Programs is Hiring!

Off-Campus Programs is looking to fill three student worker positions for the 2022-2023 Academic Year, including: London Centre Student Assistant, Senegal Student Assistant, and Outreach Specialist & Special Projects Assistant. If you are interested in applying for one of these positions, please see our postings on Handshake.

If you have any questions, please contact

Important Campus Construction Updates

Gateway Welcome Arch: it’s well underway! The stonework has begun for the sign structure.

Drew Street Pedestrian Bridge: the structural girders have been set – at an impressive 137,000 pounds each!

Warch Campus Center: the existing flooring is removed and leveling for the new flooring is underway.

Kohler Hall: the work is on track with the new windows and basement renovation

Main Hall: Asbestos removal is happening this week and the bathroom remodels are on track.

As always – safety first! Do not enter construction areas! Please be mindful of your surroundings at all times as construction is in full swing. Should you have questions or see anything concerning as you’re out and about, please contact Katherine in Facility Services at: or at ext. 6893

Student Food Pantry Summer Hours

The Student Food Pantry is open during the summer daily 10 AM-10 PM with ID access. The Pantry is a free resource available to all students who are in immediate need or do not have access to essential items. The Pantry is replenished every week with non-perishable food items, hygiene products, and basic school supplies as they become available.

Location: Memorial Hall-West Entrance, Main Floor

Do you have a food suggestion you’d like to see in the Pantry, questions, or have an interest in donating? Visit the LU Student Food Pantry Website, we’d love to hear from you!

The Pantry is supported through the generosity of community, local businesses, and personal donations of money and supplies, as well as a small budget provided by Lawrence University. We continue to seek partners on and off campus who are willing to support our students.

Staff Contact:

Assistant Director of the Diversity and Intercultural Center

Hazard Communication – A Guide to Symbols

Not following warning labels can be hazardous to your health and the health of those around you. Products containing hazardous chemicals can cause severe injuries or make you sick. Over exposure to some chemicals can also kill you.

Warning labels are worthless if you don’t read them or understand them. OSHA has adopted a standardized system of labeling to help you identify hazards. Make sure you know what to look for and what the symbols mean. 

Note: Hazardous products with these pictograms can be safely worked with if the safety precautions, proper storage, and handling practices are followed. 

Recognize the symbols used on labels

Flame: A gas, liquid or solid product that can burst into flame.
  • Common flammable chemicals include:
  • Gasoline or diesel fuel
  • Solvents
  • Thinners and adhesives
  • Some can catch fire without air, when heated, or coming into contact with water
Flame Over Circle: The ring or “O” stands for oxidizer. Products that are oxidizers are not flammable. Oxidizers cause other materials to burst into flame.
  • Most common oxidizers – Hydrogen Peroxide. Being a strong oxidizer, reactions with H2O2 tend to produce heat and generate oxygen gas(O2). It is that reason why hydrogen peroxide is closely monitored at concentrations above 32% by the U.S government. Oxygen – Compressed gas in a cylinder in laboratory settings (pure gases or mixtures with an oxidizing power greater than 23.5%).
Corrosion: (hand or material eroding upon contact) These products can damage your skin, causing redness, burns, blisters, and dermatitis. They can also damage your eyes. These products are also corrosive to metal.
  • Many cleaners are corrosive with a high pH 11-13 (Base) or a low pH 1-3 (Acid)
  • Chlorine bleach pH 11-13
  • Liquids that clean clogged drains, sinks, toilets pH 1-3
  • Lime and scale removers (Tub & Tile Cleaners) pH 11-13
Skull and Crossbones – Toxic:  These products poisonous. They can make you sick or kill you.
  • Commonly used toxic chemicals (if swallowed) include:
  • Antifreeze
  • Bleach
  • Drain Cleaners
  • Ammonia (can produce a toxic gas if mixed with other chemicals)
Health Hazard: These products can seriously damage your health. They can cause cancer, damage organs, negatively affect fertility and unborn children, kill you if swallowed.
  • When you are working with materials displaying the health hazard symbol, follow proper safety procedures and precautions to prevent short-term and long-term damage to your health.
  • Asbestos
  • Lead
  • Welding fumes – Hexavalent Chromium
Exclamation Point: These products can hurt you if they are breathed in or swallowed. They can irritate your eyes and skin, and make it hard to breathe. Some products can also make you dizzy or sleepy.
  • The solution is harmful, but it will not cause immediate damage upon contact with materials. Products with this symbol require proper ventilation, and usage to prevent injury
Gas Cylinder: This means the container hold gasses under pressure.
  • If the container is damaged, the gas can be released, causing a fire of explosion. The container can act like a missile when it explodes and can injure people in its path.
  • If the gas is poisonous it can make you or others nearby sick or it may cause death.
  • Check the cylinder labels carefully for other pictograms – Flammable – Oxidizer.
Exploding Bomb: These products are explosive – like dynamite. They can be a solid or liquid.

A sample of a Globally Harmonized System (GHS) label can be found below:

Elements of a Globally Harmonized System (GHS) label, product identifier, signal word, pictogram, hazard statements, precautionary statements.
Example: Gasoline Label – GHS Format (same product as before, you just have to pay twice as much now)

Example of chemical product labels used at Lawrence University.

Commonly used by custodians on campus.
Image of a Super Concentrated Glass & Hard Surface Cleaner labels – side label has corrosion symbol.
Bromicide Tablets label and symbols – OXIDIZER, CORROSION

Besides these Hazard Communication Symbols on labels, Safety Data Sheets can provide more detail on the hazards of a product. It will contain hazard statements and precautionary statements you can follow to work safely with the product.

Source: The Center for Construction Research and Training, “Hazard Alert – Hazard Communication A Guide to Symbols”.