Montgomery County’s Pedestrian Safety Volunteers – the “Protectores del Camino” and “SWAG Team” – joined forces with Montgomery County Fire Rescue at the Annual Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade on November 17 to keep pedestrians safe. The County is working to improve pedestrian safety and the walkability of our communities. 400 pedestrians are struck by vehicles each year in Montgomery County, and this time of year is the most dangerous for pedestrians since there are so many dark hours per day. For this reason, volunteers handed out reflective zipper pulls to the crowd - as a reminder to wear bright or reflective clothing during dark hours so drivers can see you. When accidents occur in Silver Spring, Silver Spring Volunteer Fire Department rescue vehicles, like the one driven in the parade by Firefighter/EMT Darian Unger, rush to help. Banners were posted on the ambulance warning parade goers, "Let's not meet by accident. Keep Pedestrians Safe. Be Safe. Be Seen." It's far better to have careful drivers and thoughtful pedestrians to help avoid collisions in the first place. Slow down...share the road...think about pedestrians...save a life.