Traffic safety campaign kicks off
Maryland, Northern Virginia and the District are kicking off an annual pedestrian and cyclist safety campaign today.
Law enforcement throughout the region plan to gather in Rosslyn to roll out the Street Smart program, part of an effort to increase awareness and reduce pedestrian- and cyclist-related deaths. According to the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, there were 78 pedestrian and cyclist deaths in the Washington region in 2009, accounting for 27 percent of all traffic-related fatalities.
As part of the effort, Arlington police are conducting two targeted enforcement sweeps along Wilson Boulevard today to encourage pedestrians and drivers to follow traffic laws. The first occurred this morning from 7 to 9 a.m., and the second is scheduled from 12 to 1 p.m.
Authorities from around the region are expected to gather around 12:30 p.m.
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