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Police Run Pedestrian Safety Sting In Bethesda

by Aaron Kraut — May 9, 2013 at 4:08 pm 984 10 Comments

Montgomery County police carMontgomery County Police issued 56 citations to drivers who failed to stop for a plainclothes officers crossing a crosswalk near the intersection of Democracy Boulevard and Old Georgetown Road today.

The pedestrian enforcement sting, during which officers dressed in bright clothes and attempted to cross Democracy Boulevard in crosswalks, netted 77 total traffic citations. One person was arrested and charged with a drug offense.

The sting went on from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

It was the second day of the Department’s sting operations. On Wednesday, officers ran the sting in Aspen Hill and handed out 72 citations from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

  • lisalon

    They should run a sting on Wilson blvd in the neighborhood between bradley bld and arlington blvd … Cars there are supposed to stop for pedestrians, but they never do

    • Wendy

      I second the motion! The county is so huge, and the police can’t be everywhere, but we have to change the mentality of the motorists, particularly around schools, to slow down and yield to pedestrians in crosswalks. This is a GREAT first start. I’m so grateful to the police!

  • Hockeyfan

    I’ll say again, as I’ve been saying for some time now. If the “pedestrians” are crossing with a light, or waiting for a break in traffic, then I’m all for this. BUT – if the “pedestrians” are simply walking out into traffic, they should be cited for jaywalking. I see as much of that (in fact more from a dangerous perspective) as I see of drivers ignoring pedestrians.

    • http://www.facebook.com/tomasbridle Tomas Bridle

      “…officers dressed in bright clothes and attempted to cross Democracy Boulevard in crosswalks…”

      I am pretty sure that if you stood at any intersection in Bethesda and counted how many drivers speed through the intersection – even when someone is standing in the middle of the street in a crosswalk – vs how many pedestrians “simply walk out into traffic”, you would see a whole lot more ignoring drivers than jaywalking pedestrians.

  • rorojo

    Good for them. Keep it up and get phones out of people’s hands while you’re at it.

    • MechanicalTurk

      Distracted driving/walking is at the root of all this.

  • Wendy

    People who want to do more can check out the Web site:
    Do thank the police and the county council for enforcing the laws on the books. It’s important not to demonize drivers–many drive carefully, but some crosswalks could be better marked. And of course it’s important for motorists not to demonize pedestrians who are obeying the law. At some point, the motorists have to get out of their cars and walk. Then they, too, become pedestrians at the mercy of cars, trucks and taxis.
    –Wendy Leibowitz

  • PeteS

    So should I stop when I see someone standing next to the road just in case they’re
    looking to cross? What if I have people tailgating me as often happens since I don’t drive over the speed limit? Actually, just this morning a jogger almost ran into my vehicle…it seems many pedestrians feel they can just bolt into the street and they expect cars to slam on their brakes….

    • Lisa

      You don’t have to stop until a pedestrian steps into the crosswalk. People do tailgate. I have been stopped many times waiting for a pedestrian to cross the road, while someone behind me is honking the horn. A few times the person even tried to go around me and almost hit the pedestrian! There are problems on both sides. But the pedestrians are much better here than when I live in Baltimore City.

  • Lisa

    There are problems on both sides. I live on Bethesda avenue near the huge construction project and they installed a cross walk there and most drivers just blow through it. On the flip side though pedestrians also just run out into the middle of the road, instead of using the cross walk. The worst is when its parents with young children! I can understand pedestrians if there is not a crosswalk close by, but there is, and that makes it all very frustrating.


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