Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Montgomery County Police to Focus on Pedestrian Safety during April and May Efforts Part of Regional Street Smart Awareness Campaign

During April and May, the Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) are focusing enforcement efforts on pedestrian safety in High Incidence Areas (HIAs) -- areas with more pedestrian collisions. They are issuing citations to both drivers and pedestrians in the following locations who are breaking the law: 
  • Connecticut Avenue between Independence Street and Georgia Avenue, Aspen Hill; 
  • Randolph Road between Selfridge Road and Colie Drive, Wheaton; 
  • Four Corners, Silver Spring; 
  • Rockville Pike between Halpine Drive and Hubbard Road, Rockville; and 
  • Piney Branch Road between Flower Avenue and New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring. 
In addition to these HIAs, MCPD will focus pedestrian enforcement actions on other crosswalk locations around the County where driver compliance with pedestrian safety laws has been an issue, including: 
  • Veirs Mill Road at Turkey Branch Parkway, Aspen Hill; 
  • Bel Pre Road between Georgia Avenue and Layhill Road, Aspen Hill; 
  • Democracy Boulevard between Old Georgetown Road and Bells Mill Road, Bethesda; 
  • Arlington Road between Elm Street and Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda; 
  • Muddy Branch Road between Suffield Drive and Diamondback Drive, Gaithersburg; 
  • Aircraft Drive between Century Boulevard and Germantown Road at the Germantown Transit Center, Germantown; 
  • Middlebrook Road at Great Seneca Highway, Germantown; 
  • Lost Knife Road between Odendhal Avenue and Contour Road at the Lake Forest Transit Center, Montgomery Village; 
  • Wootton Parkway near Wootton High School, Rockville; 
  • Spring Street at First Avenue, Silver Spring; 
  • University Boulevard at Reedie Drive, Wheaton/Glenmont; 
  • Randolph Road at Livingston Street, Wheaton/Glenmont; and 
  • Randolph Road at Bluhill Road, Wheaton /Glenmont. 
About 400 pedestrians are struck by vehicles in Montgomery County each year. Many of these collisions could be avoided if drivers and pedestrians obeyed the law and were more aware.