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This is ridiculous.

In Friendship Heights we've been pressing MPD for some sustained pedestrian safety enforcement, particularly enforcing the yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk law.

Finally MPD proudly came back and told us that they had undertaken a pedestrian safety campaign - by going after jaywalkers.

When pressed if any tickets had been issued to drivers for failing to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks the answer was no, no tickets had been issued.

MPD cannot even make the effort to go after the low hanging fruit - if it doesn't fall in their lap then they never get their hands on it at all.

I think it would make an interesting GGW piece to explore how many citations MPD issues annually on issues that impact pedestrian safety - for example the yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk law, or the prohibition on using a hand held cellphone while driving, or the very good law passed a couple of years ago prohibiting cars from making a right turn in front of a bus stopped at a bus stop.

My guess is we would find that MPD issues very very few of these citations in a year.

Which explains in part why everyone ignores the laws.

And this idiotic campaign explains why it is hard to take MPD seriously.

by TomQ on Jan 30, 2013 12:33 pm • linkreport

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