Celebrate Pedestrian Safety Month


Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
703-324-3187, TTY 703-324-2935, FAX 703-324-2010

Oct. 6, 2004

 

Celebrate Pedestrian Safety Month with Installation of "Yield To Pedestrians" Safety Signs at 100th Intersection in County

 

Fairfax County Officials, including Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerald E. Connolly, Hunter Mill District Supervisor Catherine Hudgins and Fairfax County Police Traffic Division Commander Captain Jesse Bowman, will be on hand Friday, Oct. 8, at 11 a.m. to install Fairfax County’s 100th “Yield to Pedestrians in Crosswalk $100-$500 Violation Fine” sign which cites the fine for non-compliance with the law in specially marked intersections. This ceremony will take place at the intersection of Reston Parkway and Lake Newport Road. After the speakers install the sign, completing the intersection, they and others will participate in a commemorative crossing of the street.

This ceremony is part of the county’s celebration of October as Pedestrian Safety Month, declared at the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors meeting on Sept. 27. The celebration of Pedestrian Safety Month began with a major milestone in the Route 1 Transit and Pedestrian Initiative — REX (Richmond Highway Express) service began and pedestrian improvements were made with this service change.

Other pedestrian initiatives this month include a Police Department education and enforcement effort for the Lorton area of Route 1. Also, in the Reston area, the design and construction of various pedestrian improvement projects is underway, including completion of needed sidewalks, trails, pedestrian crosswalks and signals. These improvements are being funded through Plaza America proffer dollars.

Failure to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks has long been a moving violation; however, the increased fine of up to $500 per violation was authorized by the Virginia General Assembly in 2002 for Fairfax County after the county pushed for this as part of its legislative program. The “Yield to Pedestrian” safety sign program is part of a comprehensive program of pedestrian safety initiatives that Fairfax County has undertaken. To see some other initiatives, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fcdot/pedestrian.htm.

For more information about Fairfax County pedestrian safety issues or about the ceremony, call Chris Wells, pedestrian program manager, at 703-324-1100, TTY 703-324-1102.


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