FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 8, 2017
PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, VIRGINIA . . . The Prince William County Police Department reminds County residents to observe pedestrian and bicyclist safety during the "Street Smart" education and enforcement campaign, observed Oct. 25—Nov. 29, to coincide with the holiday season from Halloween through Thanksgiving.
This campaign 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:
- running red lights,
- running stop signs, and
- driving without headlights at night, or at any time when visibility is reduced.
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. Special emphasis focuses on drivers who fail to yield the right of way to pedestrians.
The Campaign's Goals
- To change motorist and pedestrian behavior, and reduce injuries and crashes
- To increase awareness of the consequences of pedestrian and bicycle crashes
To recommend actions to reduce risks, such as:
*Obeying Traffic Signals
*Looking left-right-left before turning, changing lanes
*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 Police Department's Pedestrian Safety web page: http://www.pwcgov.org/government/dept/police/Pages/Pedestrian-Safety.aspx.