Fairfax County Installs “Yield To Pedestrians” Safety Signs at 100th Intersection


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Oct. 8, 2004

 

Fairfax County Installs
“Yield To Pedestrians” Safety Signs at 100th Intersection

Today at 11 a.m., Fairfax County officials, including Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerald E. Connolly, Hunter Mill District Supervisor Catherine M. Hudgins and Fairfax County Police Traffic Division Commander Captain Jesse Bowman, installed at Fairfax County’s 100th intersection “Yield to Pedestrians in Crosswalk $100-$500 Violation Fine” signs which cite the fine for non-compliance with the law in specially marked intersections. Chairman Connolly and Supervisor Hudgins installed one of the four signs at the intersection of Reston Parkway and Lake Newport Road. This was followed by a commemorative crossing of the street.

In her welcoming remarks, Supervisor Hudgins noted that, “Almost four years ago, I initiated the legislative action to post these signs at intersections across the county, after a cyclist was injured while crossing Sunset Hills Road on the W&OD trail in the pedestrian crosswalk, not too far from here.”

Supervisor Hudgins later explained that “Through the use of this signage and outreach, we want to educate motorists that the crosswalk is an enforceable refuge for pedestrians. We also hope these signs will emphasize for pedestrians that crosswalks are the appropriate, safe place to cross.”

Chairman Connolly followed and expressed an earnest desire for government at all levels to focus on the needs of pedestrians as seriously as Fairfax County has, citing efforts including:
• Incorporating $5 million in the November 2004 Transportation Bond for pedestrian improvements
• Conducting a countywide bus stop pedestrian safety study of over 5,000 bus stops
• Establishing a pedestrian program manager position
• Convening a Pedestrian Task Force to coordinate and prioritize county pedestrian safety education/outreach and construction efforts

This ceremony is part of the county’s observance of October as Pedestrian Safety Month, declared at the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors meeting on Sept. 27.

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.



Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerald E. Connolly
and Supervisor Catherine M. Hudgins install the “Yield to Pedestrians”
safety sign at the 100th intersection in Fairfax County.

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