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Arlington Safety Enforcement Today

Fair warning from the Arlington Police Department:

From 3 to 7 p.m. today, according to police, they will target four busy intersections for enforcement of pedestrian safety laws. This is part of the region-wide Street Smart campaign.

These are the intersections: North Veitch Street and Key Boulevard, George Mason Drive and South 13th Street, Columbia Pike and South Scott Street and Columbia Pike and South Frederick Street. (The first two were picked because they're near elementary schools. The other two are very heavy areas for vehicle and pedestrian traffic along the Columbia Pike corridor.)

What you'll see: Officers will ticket drivers who speed or fail to yield for pedestrians in crosswalks. But they'll also be watching for pedestrians and bicyclists who fail to obey traffic laws.

By Robert Thomson  |  March 26, 2008; 12:01 PM ET
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why on earth would pedestrians or bicyclists obey traffic laws?

Posted by: Anonymous | March 26, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Last night I was driving on 14th Street during the afternoon rush hour. The people directing traffic were out there, but they clearly didn't know what they were doing, as the woman directing traffic at 14th & Pennsylvania waved a guy through when he didn't have room on the far side of the intersection. He promptly blocked the two right lanes of 14th when the light turned green (and the silly twit directing traffic told all of us on 14th to go). Glad I was in the left lane.

Posted by: Rich | March 26, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

cars need real bumpers so if someone blocks you you can push them out of the way just like people do on the metro

Posted by: cars need bumpers | March 27, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Finally! Key and Veitch is also a problem in the morning. I take my son in a stroller and I've been cut off repeatedly by not only people who live in the area, but primarily by the buses that SERVE the school and parent's after dropping their kids off. Three days in a row, the same bus ran the red light, while I was attempting to cross with the light.

Posted by: Ann | March 28, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

It says the officers will be watching for illegal pedestrians and bikers, not that they'll actually do anything about it.

Posted by: read closely | March 28, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

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