Montgomery County to Participate in Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments’ “Band Together for Safety” Fall 2013 Street Smart Press Event
Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 11 a.m.
Upper Senate Park 200 New Jersey Ave. NW Washington, D.C.
Montgomery County Pedestrian Safety Coordinators and Montgomery County Police will take part in the Council of Governments’ (COG) fall Street Smart kick-off event for the Washington Metropolitan area. The campaign promotes banding together to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety. It emphasizes sharing responsibility for safety between drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists. This message is especially important during the fall months when daylight saving time ends and increased periods of darkness make it much harder to see pedestrians and bicyclists on and beside our roadways.
The emcee for the event will be Montgomery County Pedestrian Safety Coordinator Jeff Dunckel. Gwendolyn Ward, whose teenaged daughter was killed in a pedestrian collision as she walked to Seneca Valley High School on October 31, 2012, will be a featured speaker.
The James Hubert Blake High School Roaring Bengal Marching Band from Silver Spring will perform. The 72 band members will represent the 72 pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities that occurred throughout the region in 2012. Their special performance will end with a single trumpeter playing Taps.
As part of the Street Smart campaign, Montgomery County Police, along with other regional law enforcement agencies, will be conducting increased pedestrian safety enforcement through November 24.
Directions: Upper Senate Park is a short walk from Union Station. Parking should be available at Union Station for those driving to the event.
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