MAY 19, 2010 #10-023
12:00 P.M. HILDEBRANDT
Regional Street Smart Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Campaign Results
March 14 through April 14, the Alexandria Police Department conducted increased enforcement of pedestrian safety laws at locations Citywide. This enforcement coincided with the 2010 Street Smart campaign, an annual public education, awareness and behavioral campaign about pedestrian and bicyclist safety in the Metropolitan Washington region. The goal of Street Smart was to increase awareness of pedestrian and bicycle safety and reduce the number of injuries and deaths.
During the Street Smart campaign, 1,412 citations were issued. Of these citations, 1,250 were issued for motorist violations. This includes 656 Speeding citations, 84 Reckless Driving citations, two Passing Loading/Unloading School Bus citations, one Failure to Stop for Pedestrians at a Crosswalk citation and 507 other violations. One hundred and thirty-nine motorist arrests were made for violations including Driving While Intoxicated and Driving with a Suspended/Restricted License.
In addition, eleven pedestrian citations were issued for Walking Against the Don’t Walk signal or Red Light. One bicyclist citation was issued for No Front White Light at Night/No Rear Reflector.
Officers from the Department's Motor Unit focused on King Street Metro, Braddock Road Metro, Eisenhower Avenue Metro and Van Dorn Street Metro during the morning and evening rush hours. Officers also concentrated on locations of high traffic and numerous crashes, such as Mount Vernon Avenue in Arlandria, Duke Street, North Van Dorn Street, Eisenhower Avenue and Edsall Road. Officers issued citations to drivers along the Mount Vernon Trail corridor in Old Town to encourage safe bicycling.