Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Enforcement is an important component of improving pedestrian safety
MCDOT continues to invest in engineering improvements and educational outreach to enhance pedestrian safety – particularly in high crash areas where collision data shows more pedestrians are being struck. In addition, County Police evaluate pedestrian crash types, locations, and victims to plan enforcement. In 2013, the focus of police pedestrian safety enforcement is on driver education and ticketing, along with pedestrians being cited when unlawful crossing is observed.
Preliminary data from the first quarter of this year indicates pedestrian crashes are occurring at a slightly higher rate than last year. And pedestrian fatalities have already exceeded last year’s number. So we urge everyone to stay alert and watch out for each other. Drivers must follow the laws for yielding to pedestrian right-of-way. Pedestrians must help protect their safety by always giving their undivided attention when crossing the street.
These efforts are part of County Executive Leggett’s Pedestrian Safety Initiative. For more information, go to MCDOT's pedestrian safety website.