Warmer weather is here, and that means more people will be on foot and on bicycles. The Office of Woodbridge District Supervisor Frank Principi is proud to again partner with the Prince William County Police Department to promote the annual “Street Smart” education and enforcement campaign, which runs through May 13, 2018.

The program aims to reduce the number of pedestrian and bicycle crashes with motor vehicles. During the campaign, police officers will focus attention on vehicle, pedestrian and bicycle violations that contribute to these types of crashes: speeding; running red lights; running stop signs; and driving without headlights at night, or at any time of reduced visibility.

Conditions that may reduce visibility include rain, fog or any other situation where drivers cannot clearly see people or vehicles that are 500 feet away, or whenever windshield wipers are in use. Police will stop drivers who fail to yield the right of way to pedestrians.

In 2017, four pedestrians were killed in crashes with vehicles. Additionally, 57 pedestrians were injured in crashes with vehicles, and 14 bicyclists were injured. The Street Smart campaign addresses three main goals:

  • To change motorist and pedestrian behavior, and reduce injuries and crashes,
  • To increase awareness of the consequences of pedestrian and bicycle crashes, and
  • To recommend actions to reduce risks, such as:
    • Using Crosswalks
    • Obeying Traffic Signals
    • Looking left-right-left before turning, changing lanes
    • Slowing Down
    • Stopping for Pedestrians

By working together, we can help reduce traffic crashes involving pedestrians and bicyclists, thus making our County a safer one in which to live, work and play. For more information, call the Traffic Unit at 703-792-7254, or visit the Department’s Pedestrian Safety web page.

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