Monday, November 29, 2010
This fall’s Street Smart kick-off took place in Arlington, one of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) partners in promoting pedestrian safety throughout the region. The goal of the Street Smart public awareness and enforcement campaign, now in its eighth year, is to reduce the number of pedestrian and cyclist injuries and deaths in the Washington metropolitan area.
Enforcement of traffic safety laws is a focus of the month-long campaign. In 2009, pedestrian and cyclist deaths accounted for more than one quarter (27 percent) of the region’s traffic-related fatalities. A total of 79 area walkers and bikers lost their lives in traffic crashes, averaging one death every five days. Overall, the region experienced an eight percent decrease in fatalities over the past year.
Go to the Street Smart website to learn more or sign up for twitter.com/COGStreetSmart.