Takoma Park Police Conduct Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Detail, Issues Citations/Warnings; Weekly Crime Report 5/2/14 – 5/8/14

It is important to raise awareness of the dangers to pedestrians, and to provide leadership and expertise to combat pedestrian accidents and/or fatalities. We urge parents, caregivers, educators, traffic safety officials and advocates to make pedestrian safety of the utmost importance to improve the quality of life in their communities.

In the spirit of pedestrian safety, Takoma Park Police initiated a detail on May 6, 2014, between the hours of 6:30 am and 7:30 am at Ethan Allen Avenue at Elm Avenue. This detail was initiated to target motorists who fail to yield the right of way to pedestrians who are in the crosswalk. During this initiative, officers made 14 vehicle stops, issued five State citations, issued one Safety Equipment Report Order (SERO) and issued nine warnings.

There is a lot of advice and laws for pedestrians on how to walk safely on busy roadways. Unfortunately, that advice is sometimes not taken, and the law not followed, and pedestrians find themselves in the path of a vehicle. It is imperative that pedestrians be aware of their surroundings and obey all pedestrian traffic laws. Drivers should also be aware that pedestrians at times will not, or cannot for a myriad of circumstances, follow that advice or law and thus they too should be aware of pedestrians in the roadways.

We want to remind pedestrians and drivers again to follow some safety laws/precautions:

1. Pedestrians, do not begin crossing at a crosswalk if the red Don't Walk or upraised palm symbol is flashing or steady. Drivers should use caution when driving through crosswalks.

2. Although the walk or walking person symbol is displayed, pedestrians should still look for vehicles before leaving the curb. Drivers should also look for pedestrians who may still be in the crosswalk or have begun to cross against the signal.

3. Pedestrians, when possible, make eye contact with drivers to ensure they see you.

4. Just because one lane of vehicles has stopped doesn't mean that the other lanes will. Pedestrians should continue to look for vehicles while crossing. Drivers should be aware that the possibility exists that a pedestrian will step out from behind a stopped vehicle. Use caution in those situations.

5. Pedestrians should be especially careful of vehicles turning right on red or left with an intersection. Drivers may be busy looking out for other vehicles instead of pedestrians. Drivers should pay special attention to this demanding type of scenario.

6. Pedestrians, crossing outside of a crosswalk makes you less visible to drivers, especially around a bend.

7. Pedestrians, if a bus or other large vehicle is blocking your view, they are also blocking the view of drivers in other lanes. Consider waiting until it leaves before crossing. Drivers should also be cautious when driving behind a bus that frequently stops to pick up or drop off passengers. If pedestrians believe you are stopped behind the bus, they may step out without knowing you intended to drive around the bus or are in the other late that is not stopped. This is a dangerous situation where everyone should use caution.

8. The law states that no pedestrian shall suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle which is so close that it is impossible for the driver to yield. This is also a dangerous situation where everyone should use caution.

9. Pedestrians, being visible to drivers is important. Wear light colored clothing or reflective material if you are walking or exercising during hours of darkness. During sunrise and sunset, be aware that the sun in the eyes of drivers may affect their ability to see you.

Pedestrians - please be safe!

Weekly Crime Report 5/2/14 – 5/8/14

Arrests:

1300 block of University Blvd., on Friday, May 2 at 6:31 pm, two males, 41 and 54, were arrested for possession of Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS) Heroin with the intent to distribute and other offenses.

7600 block of Fenton Street, on Sunday, May 4 at 11:16 am, a male, 28, as arrested for indecent exposure.

Ward 1:

7500 block of Maple Avenue, on Thursday, May 8 at 3:27 am, officers responded for a theft.

Ward 2:

1000 block of Larch Avenue, on Monday, May 5 at 1:20 am, officers responded for an auto theft.

1000 block of Sligo Creek Parkway, on Wednesday, May 7 at 9:28 am, officers responded for a theft.

800 block of Jackson Avenue, on Thursday, May 8 at 3:27 am, officers responded for a theft.

Ward 3:

6300 block of New Hampshire Avenue, on Wednesday, May 7 at 8:19 am, officers responded for a stolen auto.

Ward 4:

7600 block of Maple Avenue, on Wednesday, May 7 at 10:00 pm, officers responded for a theft.

Ward 5:

None.

Ward 6:

7600 block of New Hampshire Avenue, on Saturday, May 3 at 1:39 am, officers responded for a theft.

7400 block of New Hampshire Avenue, on Saturday, May 3 at 5:00 am, officers responded for a theft.

7500 block of New Hampshire Avenue, on Saturday, May 3 at 11:35 am, officers responded for an attempt auto theft.

1100 block of Linden Avenue, on Sunday, May 4 at 5:05 am, officers responded for vandalism.

7900 block of Glenside Drive, on Sunday, May 4 at 8:45 am, officers responded for a burglary.

7900 block of Glenside Drive, on Sunday, May 4 at 12:25 pm, officers responded for a theft.

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