Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Using red light and speed cameras, targeted stings and other methods, police departments and municipalities hope to prevent pedestrian-related accidents, after a number of fatalities.
Pedestrian-related accidents have seen an unfortunate increase recently, particularly in Montgomery County. There have been 14 pedestrian accidents just this year, five of which resulted in fatalities. There was even one incident in Bethesda where a car struck an infant in a stroller being pushed across a crosswalk. “We, the parents of students attending Bethesda Elementary School, are horrified by the number of traffic accidents and near-accidents in and around downtown Bethesda,” said an online petition launched by Bethesda elementary school parents. “The safety of this walkable haven is at risk.” While there haven’t been as many pedestrian-related deaths in Prince George’s County this year, College Park officials recognize that …
How many traffic cameras are there in towns with fatal accidents in the last three years?
Since 2011, 24 pedestrians have died in an accident with a car. Where are these accidents happening, and how many traffic cameras are in place in those towns?
Thursday, May 9, 2013
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 …
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Pedestrian, Pedro Antonio Gomez, 34, of Montgomery Village, is in grave condition, according to Montgomery County Police.
The man seriously injured Monday while crossing Wisteria Drive in Germantown has been identified as Pedro Antonio Gomez, 34, of Montgomery Village. “He’s still in grave condition,” Montgomery County police spokeswoman Angela Cruz told Patch. Police said a car traveling north on Wisteria Drive, near Waters Road, struck Gomez, who lives in the 1800 block of Lost Knife Circle. The driver remained at the scene and has been helping with the investigation, according to police. Police have asked witnesses who have not yet spoken to detectives to call 240-773-6620, or the non-emergency line at 301-279-8000.
Thursday, November 22, 2012
New campaign uses Ride On buses to promote pedestrian safety.
William Linkens sees it all the time. A pedestrian focused on a smart phone as they approach a busy street. “I see so many people come into the crosswalk—or maybe not even the crosswalk, just to cross the street—and their head never looks up,” said Linkens, a 12-year veteran driver of Montgomery County’s Ride On buses. Ride On is at the heart of a safety campaign that Montgomery County officials hope will prevent pedestrian fatalities on county roads. Two Ride On buses parked on East Montgomery Avenue in Rockville Town Center on Tuesday morning bore the campaign slogan, “Hey you, I’m looking at you!” above a pair of eyes. The eyes–two sets on two different versions of the bus-sized ads—belong to one current and one former student at …
Thursday, November 15, 2012
In light of the recent death of Germantown teen, Action Committee for Transit board member says speed cameras, signs and ‘culture change’ could help improve pedestrian safety
The vice president of a Montgomery County-based transit advocacy group says speed cameras and a change in “driver culture” were needed to improve pedestrian safety on Germantown Road, where a teen pedestrian was fatally struck by a car. "Lots of people say she was killed because she was careless—if she had waited for the walk signal, crossed in the cross walk and watched out for traffic, she would still be alive,” said Miriam Schoenbaum, who was speaking during a meeting of the Action Council for Transit on Tuesday in Silver Spring. “She was killed because our society believes the convenience of drivers is more important than the lives of pedestrians," Schoenbaum said. Germantown Road (MD 118) is a state-owned roadway that sweeps past …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Broader discussion of pedestrian safety in Montgomery County on the agenda for Action Committee for Transit’s meeting 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Silver Spring
The death of a Germantown teen who was struck by a car while walking to school Halloween morning will be part of a Montgomery County transit advocacy group’s broader discussion Tuesday about pedestrian safety. The Action Committee for Transit (ACT) is scheduled to meet 7:30 p.m. at the Department of Health and Human Services Silver Spring Center. Miriam Schoenbaum, ACT vice president, is expected to discuss the death of Christina Morris-Ward. Morris-Ward, 15, of Germantown, was in the process of crossing Germantown Road when she was struck by a vehicle travelling north on a green signal. Police said she died at the hospital. Morris-Ward's school, Seneca Valley High School, is bordered by Middlebrook Road and Great Seneca Highway, two of …
Thursday, October 25, 2012
There will be extra state police patrols on Halloween.
Maryland State Police will be upping patrols from Oct. 26 through Oct. 31 to help make the Halloween holiday safer for drivers and pedestrians. Halloween is the second most dangerous day for pedestrians, according to the National Highway Safety Administration. “These patrols will be specifically looking for and removing dangerous and impaired drivers from the roadways to ensure everyone has a safe Halloween celebration,” State Police Col. Marcus L. Brown said. “Our goal is to keep children safe while they are trick-or-treating as well as to keep the motoring public safe while they are traveling to and from their celebrations.” Of all the highway fatalities during Halloween in 2010, 41 percent involved a driver with a blood alcohol …