Police to Participate in Fall Street Smart Campaign

Published on October 31, 2018

ARLINGTON, Va. — As part of the Arlington County Police Department's overall traffic safety program, the Special Operations Section is again participating in the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments' Fall Street Smart campaign. This region-wide public safety campaign, which runs from November 5 — December 2, 2018, aims to educate drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists, and scooter operators about existing traffic laws and how to safely share our roadways. The ultimate goal is to reduce the number of traffic related crashes and injuries on our roadways by identifying and changing unsafe behavior patterns among travelers.

MORE: Arlington County has developed a 9-month demonstration project, managed by Arlington Department of Environmental Services, to provide structure to the operation and use of Shared Mobility Devices (SMDs). SMDs are considered to be pedal bikes, electric-assist bikes (e-bikes), and electric-assist scooters (e-scooters).

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

  • November 13th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. — Columbia Pike at S. Oakland Street

  • November 27th from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. — Lee Highway at N. Powhatan Street

Share our Roadways

Whether you walk, bike, ride a scooter or drive a vehicle, we all need to share our roadways safely 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 seatbelts

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

  • Look before opening your door

  • Allow 3 feet when passing bicyclists

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 are reminded to:

  • Obey posted traffic signs and signals

  • Ride in the same direction as traffic

  • 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

  • Each e-scooter company has age restrictions requiring users to be at least 18-years old to ride

  • Ride in designated areas:

    • E-scooters may be ridden on streets, but not on sidewalks or trails

    • E-bikes may be ridden on streets and sidewalks, but not on trails

    • Pedal bikes may be ridden on streets, sidewalks, and trails