Pedestrian Safety Initiative Underway


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News Release:13/095/LHC
April 5, 2013

 

            Pedestrian Safety Initiative Underway

 

            Mason Police District - A 54-year-old Falls Church man was struck and killed in the 5800 block of Leesburg Pike in the Bailey’s Crossroads area when he apparently crossed the road in front of a vehicle yesterday. The incident happened at about 10:50 p.m. on Thursday, April 4. Crash reconstruction detectives are continuing to investigate.

            This tragic loss of life occurred as the police department begins its annual pedestrian safety enforcement and springtime education initiatives. Countywide, the number of citations written for pedestrian-related violations has increased 173% from 2010 to 2012; from 213 (in 2010) to 582 (2012).

            Enforcement and education efforts will be stepped up across Fairfax County. The McLean District, for example, begins its efforts on Saturday, April 6 with a focus on areas near the two Metro stations in the McLean District. Commuters can expect to see officers monitoring crosswalks, posting electronic signboards and strictly enforcing traffic laws for both drivers and pedestrians. Tickets and warnings will be issued for drivers who are exceeding the speed limit, not yielding to pedestrians and committing other violations. Pedestrians will be expected to use crosswalks. Auxiliary and sworn officers will monitor the area and will work with Metro and other agencies to remedy hazards.

            For more information on pedestrian safety check http://www.nhtsa.gov/Pedestrians.



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