What: “Operation Safe Streets – Corridor Enforcement”
When: Now until December 23, 2011
Where: Enforcement along Piney Branch Road
In May of 2011, The Montgomery County Police Department’s Traffic Division announced a new “Safe Streets” corridor enforcement strategy to make streets in the county safer for both drivers and pedestrians. Officers began the campaign by enforcing traffic laws on Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring from the District line to Connecticut Avenue. Now through the end of December, traffic officers will continue the “Safe Streets” effort by enforcing pedestrian and vehicle laws along the Piney Branch corridor in Silver Spring.
The Department of Transportation has identified the Piney Branch corridor as a high incident area (HIA) of collisions involving pedestrians. The Department of Transportation has worked to improve infrastructure along this road, to include installing curb markings along Piney Branch Road that indicate where it is safe and not safe to cross the street. The police department, as part of its effort to reduce pedestrian collisions along this road, has been aggressively enforcing pedestrian and vehicle laws.
In the last four days of enforcement along Piney Branch Road, police officers have issued 111 traffic citations and 35 warnings, with a majority of these citations and traffic citations being issued to pedestrians. This campaign will continue until the end of December. Officers have been targeting a variety of offenses to include: speeding, turning violations, red light running, failure to obey traffic control devices, failure to yield to pedestrians, and pedestrian violations at intersections.
There have been 369 collisions involving pedestrians this year in Montgomery County. On December 1 at approximately 6:30 p.m., a 57-year-old male was struck and killed by a vehicle as he was illegally crossing Flower Avenue near Piney Branch Road. Thus far in 2011, Montgomery County Police have responded to nine fatal pedestrian collisions; three of these fatal pedestrian collisions have occurred in December. # # #
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