Spring is here and the Fairfax County Police Department along with “Street Smart” are combining education and enforcement efforts to advance pedestrian and bicyclist safety.
Street Smart is a public education, awareness and behavioral change campaign that operates in Northern Virginia, D.C., and Maryland.
“The program emphasizes education of motorists and pedestrians through mass media. It is meant to complement, not replace, the efforts of state and local governments and agencies to build safer streets and sidewalks, enforce laws, and train better drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians.” (BeStreetSmart.net, 2016).
The program is coordinated by the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) and is supported by federal funds.
In conjunction with the Street Smart Campaign, the Fairfax County Police Department will be conducting special enforcement aimed at making the roadways safer for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists too. Special enforcement and education efforts will kick off in Fairfax county on May 3, 2016 near Wiehle-Reston East Metro station.
The Street Smart Safety Zone team of “walking-billboards” (see pictures below) has been conducting their outreach efforts in strategic, high-visibility areas throughout the region. You might have seen them at the Wiehle-Reston East Metro station last week, wearing bright shirts and their billboards while handing out educational materials!
Street Smart and the Fairfax County Police Department wishes to remind everyone – drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists to be more alert and to obey traffic safety laws. For more information on the Street Smart Campaign initiatives visit: Be Street Smart. or click here for the Fairfax County Pedestrian Program F.A.Q. page.