Street Smart Traffic Safety Initiative Aims to Reduce Pedestrian Injury and Fatality
The Traffic Division Crime Analyst identified 11 areas where there has been a higher incidence of pedestrian fatal or serious injury crashes in the past five years. Many of these crashes involve pedestrians and occurred in October and November when the days noticeably become shorter and darker, particularly between 6 and 7 a.m. or between 5 and 10 p.m. Crime analysts discovered many of the 11 areas fall near bus stops or along bus routes.
The 11 locations identified by crime analysts are:
- Centrewood Drive and Saint Germain Road, Centreville
- Lee Jackson Memorial Highway (Route 50) and Metrotech Drive, Chantilly
- Gallows Road from Arlington Boulevard (Route 50) to I-66, Fairfax
- Leesburg Pike (Route 7) from Patrick Henry Drive to Rio Drive, Falls Church
- Little River Turnpike (Route 236) from Hummer Road to Woodland Road, Annandale
- 7900 block of Heritage Drive, Annandale
- 7500 block of McWhorter Place, Annandale
- Backlick Road and Hechinger Drive, Springfield
- Little River Turnpike (Route 236) from Lincoln Avenue to Beauregard Street, Alexandria
- Lockheed Boulevard from Fordson Avenue to Richmond Highway (Route 1), Alexandria
- The 7900, 8100, 8300, 8600 and 8700 blocks of Richmond Highway (Route 1), Alexandria
Additionally, the majority of the locations are on roadways with speed limits of either 40 or 45 miles per hour. A 2011 American Automobile Association (AAA) study noted the correlation between vehicle speed and risk of serious injury, indicating a 25 percent less chance of death if a pedestrian was struck by a car traveling 42 mph versus 50 mph, just 8 mph slower.
In an effort to increase safety for both pedestrians and drivers, we are participating in the Metropolitan Washington Council of Government’s Street Smart traffic safety initiative. Between Monday, October 31 and Sunday, November 27, officers around the county will conduct traffic safety education and enforcement, particularly in the targeted areas, to remind both motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists of their role in keeping our roadways safer.
Motorists: Slow down and look ahead for pedestrians, particularly near bus stops and residential and shopping areas. Pedestrians: Be predictable and be seen. Cross only when and where it is permitted and carry a flashlight or wear reflective clothing to increase your chances of being seen from a greater distance.