Department ofCampus Safety

8 Driving Conditions & Times

Advisors, coaches, instructors, and/or trip leaders are responsible for assessing the conditions for safe driving.  It shall be the responsibility of the driver and the advisor, coach, instructor, or trip leader to cancel the trip, if the conditions indicate that it is unsafe to proceed.  The following are some of the factors that should be evaluated prior to travel:
  • Physical fitness of the driver.  Is your driver sick, tired, or injured?
  • Weather conditions.  Is it icy, snowy, or foggy with poor visibility?
  • Driver skill.  Is this a young or new driver or a driver that has seldom driven a large vehicle?

It is the driver's responsibility to be fully rested and alert before driving.  The passenger who is riding in the front seat position is responsible for watching the driver for signs of decreased driver ability, such as nodding off during the trip.  The passenger must also be fully rested and alert.

It is recommended that the driver stop every 90 minutes of travel for a rest period and exchange with a different certified driver for the next 90 minutes.

Driving is prohibited between 12:00 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. for all drivers less than 25 years of age.  A PLU certified driver who is 25 years of age or older, and is well-rested and alert may drive during these restricted hours provided the driver complies with the other conditions of this program.  Early departures are authorized within the prohibited period providing they are departing from the PLU campus.  The team or group is required to stay overnight when they cannot comply with these conditions.

8.1 Communication

All student groups who use a PLU vehicle must have among them at least one cell phone or other two-way communication device for emergency purposes.  It is up to the individuals in the group or department to provide this communication.