At University Boulevard and Piney Branch Road, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett and other officials launched their Pedestrian Safety Initiative last week. Leggett’s Pedestrian Safety Initiative include:
• Targeting high-incidence areas where pedestrian injuries and deaths have occurred.
• Evaluating and enhancing pedestrian connectivity and network needs.
• Improving pedestrian signals.
• Evaluating and upgrading street lighting.
• Enforcing and educating drivers and pedestrians.
According to Recent Montgomery County Pedestrian Accident Statistics:
• About 400 pedestrians are injured each year.
• There are approximately 14 pedestrian fatalities annually.
• Motor vehicle collisions involving pedestrians is a major traffic safety problem in the county.
• Some 430 motor vehicle-pedestrian collisions happen each year.
The Piney Branch Road section is the first of several “high Incidence areas” in the county where pedestrian safety and injury prevention enhancements will be implemented. And with 29 pedestrian deaths taking place on University Boulevard between 1995 and 2005, this road that runs through both Prince George’s and Montgomery County is ranked as the number one deadliest street in the area for pedestrians.
Leggett Announces New Pedestrian Safety Initiative; Strategic Plan Designed to Reduce Collisions and Make County More Walkable, Montgomery County, September 4, 2008
Leggett Launches Pedestrian Safety Effort, WashingtonPost.com, September 3, 2008
Related Web Resources:
Pedestrian Safety, FHWA
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