UPDATED: Share Our Roadways Safely: Police Participate in Fall Street

Published on October 28, 2019

SOS-streetsmart.jpg UPDATE (October 30, 3019) - The date of the Columbia Pike Corridor Pedestrian Saturation Detail has been updated. It will now take place on November 26, 2019.

ARLINGTON, Va. — The arrival of Fall in the region means cooler temperatures and less daylight during commuting hours. To promote safe use of our roadways, law enforcement throughout the region will participate in the Metropolitan Washington Council of Government's Fall Street Smart campaign from October 29 — November 30. The Street Smart campaign leverages education and enforcement efforts to identify and change unsafe behavior patterns among pedestrians, motorists, bicyclists and scooter operators, with the goal of reducing the number of traffic related crashes and injuries on our roadways.
Street Smart Enforcement Activation

As part of the Street Smart campaign, officers will conduct high-visibility traffic enforcement at the following locations:

  • November 6th from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. — 2700 block of Clarendon Boulevard (Pedestrian Enforcement Detail)

  • November 26th from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. — Columbia Pike Corridor (Pedestrian Saturation Detail)

Members of the media are invited to attend the activation events.
Traffic Safety Tips

Whether you travel by foot, two wheels or four wheels, make our roadways safer by being a PAL — predicable, alert and lawful.

Drivers are reminded to:

  • Obey posted speed limits, traffic signs and signals

  • Have all vehicle occupants wear their seat belts

  • Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and use caution when passing stopped vehicles

  • Look before opening your door

  • Allow 3 feet when passing bicyclists

More: Share Our Roadways Safely: Laws Pertaining to Cyclists and Motorists in Arlington County

Pedestrians are reminded to:

  • Cross the street at marked crosswalks and never against a red light

  • Look both ways before crossing the street

  • Walk on designated sidewalks or paths, never along the side of the road

  • Stay visible after dark and in bad weather with light-colored clothing, reflective gear and lights

Shared Mobility Device operators and bicyclists are reminded to:

  • Obey posted traffic signs and signals

  • Ride in the same direction as traffic, using bike lanes when possible

  • Communicate your intentions by using hand signals

  • Keep your eyes on the road and avoid the use of devices that may distract you

  • Stay visible after dark and in bad weather with light-colored clothing, reflective gear and lights

More: Tips for Safe Operation of E-Scooters in Arlington County

For additional safety tips and campaign information, visit the Street Smart website.