Law enforcement patrols will increase throughout the metropolitan Washington area and will be ticketing drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists who are not complying with traffic safety laws. Residents may also notice street teams of “walking billboards” to raise awareness and reduce traffic crashes.
As daylight hours decrease, local safety officials remind motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists to be extra vigilant. The message is especially urgent with Halloween approaching this weekend, putting more pedestrians on area streets, including many children in costumes that reduce visibility. In 2013, 72 percent of pedestrian fatalities in the U.S. occurred during hours of darkness.