Montgomery County Council Urges MDOT to Make Roads Safer for PedestriansOctober 30, 2018
In a letter sent to Governor Larry Hogan and the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), the Montgomery County Council is calling for more proactive safety measures after four teens were hit by a car earlier this month on Georgia Avenue/MD 97 in Aspen Hill. The MDOT responded by saying that they are actively reviewing the data involving pedestrian crashes and working towards an effective solution that will address the issue and prevent future pedestrian fatalities. The multi-part approach incorporates roadway design characteristics, land-use, potentially reducing roadway speeds, education, pedestrian infrastructure improvements, and law enforcement.
Over the past few years, MDOT has made several infrastructure improvements that have had a positive impact on both motorists and pedestrians. From full pedestrian signals and hawk signals to mid-block crossings and traffic calming measures, these are just a few examples of MDOT’s commitment to pedestrian safety.
Engineering Solutions That Improve Safety
The recent increase in pedestrian fatalities has the Maryland Department of Transportation States Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) particularly concerned. In September, MDOT SHA engineers met with local government officials and police to develop a short-term plan that could be carried out quickly in order to improve the safety conditions on MD 97 in Wheaton. The specific engineering recommendations included the following:
- Reduce the lane width at the Georgia Avenue/MD 28 Norbeck Road intersection to ten-foot lanes. This would have a traffic-calming effect.
- Install a pedestrian crossing at the MD 97/Reedie Avenue intersection.
- Install brighter LED lights at intersections along the Georgia Avenue corridor.
- Reduce the lane width along MD 97 between White Oak Drive and MD 193.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), more than 5,000 pedestrians are fatally injured in car accidents every year. Regardless of who is at fault for the accident, pedestrians often suffer severe, often fatal injuries since there is nothing to protect them from the impact of the vehicle. When the appropriate safety protections are in place, and motorists and pedestrians obey the rules of the road, they can avoid being involved in a pedestrian accident. The following are some of the common examples of driver negligence that can cause a pedestrian accident:
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Failing to yield to a pedestrian at a crosswalk
- Failure to signal when turning
- Running through a red light or stop sign
- Failure to use proper caution during inclement weather, or heavy traffic conditions
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