Monday, November 30, 2009
To raise awareness about this fall’s regional Street Smart pedestrian safety campaign, Montgomery County Police challenged drivers to see what it would take to get them to pay attention to pedestrians and yield to those in crosswalks. Using the full-size costumed characters McGruff and Sparky, Police conducted an enforcement effort in Silver Spring. Despite the undisputed visibility of the “dogs,” some motorists still failed to yield to them in the crosswalk, especially as they turned right or left into the path of the oncoming pedestrians. Police officers issued tickets to motorists who failed to yield and they also distributed educational materials to pedestrians who did not observe safe walking rules.
To see Sparky and McGruff in action, go to the County’s website.