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#MoCo Online: Police Operation Targets Pedestrian Safety Laws

Will Montgomery County police stings improve pedestrian safety?

Montgomery County residents took to the Montgomery County Police Department Facebook page to express their opinions about pedestrian enforcement stings that began Wednesday.

From 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, county police issued 72 citations for pedestrian safety infractions at the intersection of Veirs Mill Road and Turkey Branch Parkway in Aspen Hill, police said in a news release posted on the Facebook page.

Lesli King Brown posted her wish for constant enforcement: "If only there was enough police enforcement available to to it all over the county all the time."

The enforcement should go both ways, posted Wayne Lim of Silver Spring: "OK, all that sounded good. However how many pedestrians were ticketed for jay walking or running across traffic lanes, not at a designated crossing."

Robby Frantz admitted to using his own rules: "I only stop if the speed limit is 25 or less. Sorry, but I'm NOT stopin on Veris Mill when I have people coming as fast as 60mph behind me not paying attention...."

Christine Manger Johnston shared Frantz's concern, posting: "I'm always afraid of getting hit in the rear of my car."

Joe Thomas May 10, 2013 at 02:06 PM
Internet tough guy why don't you call the chief and tell him that?
Sean R. Sedam May 10, 2013 at 04:03 PM
Richard: Be sure to check out our coverage, with video and photos, of yesterday's operation on Democracy Boulevard in Bethesda: http://bethesda-chevychase.patch.com/articles/police-ticket-hundreds-of-drivers-in-pedestrian-stings#video-14286051 Our interactive map shows pedestrian incidents around the county this year: http://silverspring.patch.com/articles/plainclothes-police-to-conduct-pedestrian-sting-series-d5c61327 We'll have much more on pedestrian safety, including a special report, in the days to come.
Jeff Hawkins May 10, 2013 at 04:27 PM
Will the "sting" improve safety......no I'm afraid not. Frankly nothing will....
amarynth May 10, 2013 at 08:50 PM
They need to do one of these stings at the crosswalk at E Middle and Monroe. Lots of pedestrians use it to get between the metro bridge and town square, but most drivers don't yield despite the addition of signs by the crosswalk.
Andrew May 11, 2013 at 06:08 PM
Joe Thomas is an ass! I agree with Fran, I would add that they should also have to be made to pay speed camera tickets 100% of the time unless an investigation show's they were on an emergency call. How bout them apples JOE.

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