: News

Speed Cameras Help Lower Pedestrian Collisions In Montgomery County

Play associated audio

By Matt Bush

Speed cameras are being credited with lowering the number of fatal collisions between vehicles and pedestrians in Montgomery County. But county authorities say they still need to do more.

Fourteen pedestrians were killed last year in Montgomery County. Jeff Dunckel, the county's Pedestrian Safety Coordinator, believes that's 14 too many. He says areas with speed cameras have seen a 30-percent drop in collisions since they were installed. But many of the larger roads in the county, like Rockville Pike and Georgia Avenue, have few if any cameras. Those are state highways, and Dunckel says installing pedestrian safety measures on them are more difficult.

"They often times involve larger projects that are more expensive. We oftentimes have to modify intersections, modify lanes, install islands where they do not exist. So, we are working with the state to make some of those larger projects on those larger corridor and arterial roads," says Dunckel.

Such as the 16th Street Circle, which forms the D.C.- Silver Spring border, where a pedestrian was struck and killed last November. Dunkel says new crosswalks and other safety measures are being installed there.

NPR

'The Wake' Is An Unlikely Hit In An Imaginary Language

Paul Kingsnorth self-published The Wake, his tale of the 11th-century Norman conquest of England, written in a pastiche of Old and modern English — and was startled when it became a smash hit.
NPR

Philly Preps Blessed Beer And Other Edible Swag To Greet Pope Francis

Enterprising businesses will mark the pope's visit to Philadelphia next month with irreverent tchotchkes — including beers brewed with holy water and toasters that etch the pontiff's face on bread.
WAMU 88.5

The Politics Hour - August 28, 2015

We chat with D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier about the city's strategy to combat the spike in violent crime taking place in the nation's capital.

NPR

New Tesla Breaks Consumer Reports' Ratings Scale, Bolsters Company's Stock

"It kind of broke the system," says Jake Fisher, director of the magazine's auto test division. Tesla's stock rose 8 percent Thursday.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.