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?
Semi-portable cameras will move along the parts of University Boulevard and New Hampshire Avenue in Takoma Park to deter speeding in a larger section of these roads.
In an effort to curb speeding and enhance pedestrian safety, Takoma Park will have semi-portable cameras that will move periodically along New Hampshire Avenue and University Boulevard. Here is a map of speed cameras in Montgomery County On April 1, 2013 the Takoma Park council passed a resolution establishing Safe Speed Corridors, areas along a road where a semi-portable speed camera can be placed to prevent speeding over a larger area, on the heavily traveled New Hampshire Avenue and University Boulevard. Fred Shultz, councilmember for ward 6, lives near New Hampshire Avenue and said speed cameras make a difference. He said he was in favor of the Safe Speed Corridors because slowing cars down will lessen the impact of pedestrian …
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 …
In the first two of a series of "pedestrian stings," 128 drivers were ticketed for not yielding to pedestrians in Aspen Hill and Bethesda.
Pedestrians in bright yellow t-shirts had about a 30 percent chance of crossing Democracy Boulevard in Bethesda Thursday without a close call from a passing car, according to Jimmy Chen, an intern with Montgomery County police. Chen was one of several plainclothes members of the department attempting to cross the street in a pedestrian "sting." Members of the department's traffic division are working to respond to an increase in complaints that drivers in some high-traffic areas aren't properly yielding to pedestrians, said Capt. Thomas Didone, head of the division. Over the next few days, uniformed officers will stand by and watch for drivers that blow past marked intersections with waiting or crossing pedestrians in key areas, like …
Monday, April 1, 2013
The victim sustained non-life-threatening injuries, The Washington Post reported.
The driver of a dark-colored truck that hit a pedestrian Saturday morning at Piney Branch Road and Arliss Street in the Long Branch neighborhood of Silver Spring did not stay on the scene, according to a report from The Washington Post. Montgomery County police responded around 8:15 a.m. March 30. The victim sustained non-life-threatening injuries, The Post reported.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
A bicyclist's death this week marked the fifth fatal collision in the eastern and middle areas of Montgomery County since late January.
A 23-year-old man died after a car struck his bicycle in downtown Silver Spring Sunday, the latest casualty in a series of collisions that have unsettled Montgomery County residents. Since Jan. 22, four pedestrians — and now a cyclist — have died in Silver Spring and Aspen Hill. Three were killed while crossing the road, another while she stood on the sidewalk. At least two others were injured. One did not appear to have major injuries, but another went to the hospital in serious condition. Ken Silverman, an analyst for Montgomery County Council President Nancy Navarro, has created a map showing the locations of five of these collisions. Silverman says that Montgomery County police should "aggressively ticket drivers who speed or fail to …
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
An increased police presence will provide extra security and pedestrian safety awareness in some of the county's busiest retail centers.
Black Friday shoppers might notice an increased police presence in some of the county’s busiest shopping areas. Beginning Friday through Dec. 23 the Montgomery County Police Department’s annual “Shop With a Cop” campaign will provide extra security in retail areas in all six county police districts. Officers also will distribute 9,000 reusable bright yellow shopping bags, county police Chief J. Thomas Manger said at a news conference on Tuesday in Rockville Town Square. The bags have a drawing of a pair of eyes above the slogan “Can you see me now?” and are part of a Montgomery County pedestrian safety campaign also announced Tuesday. Shop With a Cop is focused on making drivers aware of increased pedestrian holiday traffic in shopping …
Friday, June 22, 2012
Montgomery County Police spokesman answers questions submitted by Patch readers— including those about privately installed speed cameras, when to stop for pedestrians and court fines.
This week, Capt. Paul Starks of the Montgomery County Police Department takes on questions from Patch readers about speed camera installations, cops and photography and court fines. Speeding and pedestrian safety are key issues in Takoma Park, and Capt. Starks provides some good information. Reader Question: Since the speed cameras are operated by a private company for their own profit and the county's profit, can a private person or homeowner put one in the neighborhood? Starks: No. R: Do we have to bid to get one? S: No. R: If it's about safety, as we hear so often, why not [put a speeding camera] where speeding is occurring? S: We do that. R: How about canvassing neighborhoods to find out if one is necessary? S: That is not a …