Members of the Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department participated in a press conference held today to raise the awareness of pedestrian safety. “Street Smart” is an annual public education, awareness and behavioral change campaign in the Washington, DC, suburban Maryland and northern Virginia area. Since its beginning in 2002, the campaign has used radio, newspaper, and transit advertising, public awareness efforts, and added law enforcement to respond to the challenges of pedestrian and bicyclist safety. The press conference was held in a parking lot at the busy intersection of Marlboro Pike and Silver Hill Road in District Heights.
The Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department strongly support "Street Smart" and the enforcement effort that is required by our public safety partners which help to raise the awareness of pedestrian laws. We know that often times the motorist is not at fault and it is the pedestrian that could have avoided the crash had they followed the law.
Use crosswalks and obey traffic/pedestrian control devices at intersections are just two safety tips that will help pedestrian's from being struck and motorists should drive defensively, slow down in areas of high pedestrian traffic and obey all traffic control devices.
For additional information about the Street Smart program, click here. Remember, Safety First Ensures Everyone Goes home.