Contributed by Street Smart Campaign & the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB)
Campaign Urges Drivers, Pedestrians and Bicyclists to Take Extra Care and Look Out for Each Other
Prince William County, VA–Warmer spring weather is prompting residents throughout the Washington region to get outside, and transportation officials are taking the opportunity to remind area drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians to stay alert and watch out for each other. Officials from the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia are launching the semi-annual Street Smart public awareness campaign this week. Law enforcement agencies will be on the lookout for anyone not following traffic safety laws and will ticket and fine violators – whether on foot, a bike, or behind the wheel.
Representatives from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, local officials and safety advocates will officially kick off the campaign Tuesday morning, April 15, at the Woodbridge, VA intersection where Sally Ann Okuly, local wife
and mother of two, was killed last November. Okuly was struck and killed by a car while crossing with the light in the crosswalk at Opitz Boulevard at Montgomery Avenue. In 2013, preliminary data indicate 73 pedestrians and bicyclists were killed in crashes in the Washington metropolitan region, accounting for 27 percent of all traffic fatalities in the area.
Local officials urge people driving, walking, and biking to exercise caution, look out for each other, and obey traffic laws. Throughout the campaign, which runs April 14 through May 11, police officers in the District of Columbia, suburban Maryland and Northern Virginia will be watching for drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists who break traffic safety laws. Violators can face fines that range from $40 to $500.
What: Press conference and announcement of spring Street Smart traffic safety campaign in District of Columbia, suburban Maryland and Northern Virginia
When: Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 10:30 a.m.
Where: The southeast corner of Opitz Boulevard at Montgomery Avenue in Woodbridge, VA
Who: The Honorable Frank J. Principi, Woodbridge District Supervisor, Prince William County
Mrs. Patricia Pennington, advocate and friend of woman killed in crosswalk
Sam Zimbabwe, District of Columbia Department of Transportation
Michael Sabol, Maryland Highway Safety Office, Motor Vehicle Administration
Lt. Carlos Robles, Prince William County Police Department
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