Drivers Pedestrians. Bicyclists.
We all need to co-exist on our roadways and paths, but according to our Police Department, there are some clear hot spots for danger.
Police recently identified 11 areas in the county where there have been more fatal or serious injury cases for pedestrians in the past five years. Many of these crashes have happened in November and other winter months when there’s less daylight, especially between 6 and 7 a.m. or between 5 and 10 p.m. Crime analysts discovered many of the 11 areas fall near bus stops or along bus routes. The majority of the locations are on roadways with speed limits of either 40 or 45 miles per hour.
The 11 locations identified by crime analysts are:
- Centrewood Drive and Saint Germain Road, Centreville
- Lee Jackson Memorial Highway (Route 50) and Metrotech Drive, Chantilly
- Gallows Road from Arlington Boulevard (Route 50) to I-66, Fairfax
- Leesburg Pike (Route 7) from Patrick Henry Drive to Rio Drive, Falls Church
- Little River Turnpike (Route 236) from Hummer Road to Woodland Road, Annandale
- 7900 block of Heritage Drive, Annandale
- 7500 block of McWhorter Place, Annandale
- Backlick Road and Hechinger Drive, Springfield
- Little River Turnpike (Route 236) from Lincoln Avenue to Beauregard Street, Alexandria
- Lockheed Boulevard from Fordson Avenue to Richmond Highway (Route 1), Alexandria
- The 7900, 8100, 8300, 8600 and 8700 blocks of Richmond Highway (Route 1), Alexandria
Through the end of this month, police officers around the county will conduct extra traffic safety education and enforcement, particularly in the targeted areas, to remind both motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists of their role in keeping our roadways safer.
The Northern Virginia Regional Commission has updated its online map for all of Northern Virginia showing the location of bike and pedestrian injuries, fatalities and property damage throughout the region for calendar years 2014 through mid-July 2016. The data for the maps was provided by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.
Everyone on the roads — pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers — can play a role to ensure a safer commuting world out there. These tips may seem obvious, but take a second to review them:
Pedestrians, you have a responsibility to make smart choices when walking:
Bicyclists, please follow these tips to stay safe:
Drivers, in addition to avoiding texting while driving, keep these tips at the forefront of your mind:
Wondering what the actual law is for driving, bicycling and walking? This publication outlines all of the relevant laws that apply: