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On the other hand, pedestrians can suffer even when they do nothing wrong, but a driver's attention lapses for moment. Some readers feel MPD is not doing enough about far more unsafe driver actions.

MPD has a number of initiatives focused on unsafe drivers. For example, the Penn Ave U-turn initiative you cited, automated camera enforcement of cars entering crosswalks with peds in them, automated enforcement of speeding, red lights, and stop signs, and holiday crackdowns on drunk driving. In VA a one-day crackdown on driving infractions on I95 and I81 netted 2,400 violations. I'm sure DC does similar things.

While not lawful, there are plenty of times when there are no cars approaching, or even a bus at the bus stop blocking the road entirely. It doesn't advance safety to ticket people for crossing at these times.

Does it advance safety to ticket people for running a red light when there are no other cars, peds, or bikes present?

Would any initiative to enforce ped laws be unacceptable or is there something particularly wrong with this initiative?

And yet that's not much comfort to people forced to make dangerous decisions in areas where the car dominates and drivers have little fear of being caught doing something reckless.

Are drivers "forced to make dangerous decisions" in areas where peds dominate and peds have little fear of being caught doing something reckless?

by Falls Church on Jan 30, 2013 12:22 pm • linkreport

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