Police Investigate Pedestrian Accidents in Montgomery CountyOctober 1, 2018
Since June, there have been an alarming number of pedestrian fatalities in Montgomery County, even though public safety education campaigns like Street Smart and Vision Zero were created to drastically reduce these tragic accidents. County and state officials agree that immediate action needs to be taken to make streets and intersections safer for pedestrians. However, they are not always in agreement about the specific improvements and projects that should be rolled out and how to prioritize those projects.
The most recent fatality occurred when an unidentified man was hit by a car while crossing Georgia Avenue near the Glenmont Metro station. The previous week, a 34-year-old man was fatally injured as he was crossing Norbeck Road in Rockville. A third victim was fatally injured after being hit while crossing Georgia Avenue at Viers Mill Road. A total of six pedestrians have been fatally injured in car accidents since the beginning of the summer and safety officials are trying to understand why, and how future accidents can be prevented.
Making Streets Safer for Pedestrians
According to the communications director for the Washington Area Bicyclists Association, Montgomery County officials face several roadblocks because many of the roads where these accidents have occurred are state roads. He went on to say that, in his opinion, the state is not as committed to projects focused on pedestrian safety, like making street designs safer for pedestrians and cyclists.
Some state officials, including John Schofield of the Maryland State Highway Administration, disagree with the director’s assessment of how the state approaches pedestrian safety issues. In fact, he commented that there are literally hundreds of projects being considered that are focused on pedestrian and bike safety, many of which address locations where the recent fatalities occurred. He takes a personal interest in these projects as well, as he rides his bike to work, and wants the streets to be safe.
When a pedestrian is involved in a car accident, it is unlikely that they will walk away from the incident without an injury. Since there is nothing protecting pedestrians from the impact of the vehicle, injuries tend to be severe, including broken bones, spinal injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and internal injuries. Pedestrians and motorists alike must be aware of their surroundings, follow the rules of the road, and make safety a priority.
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