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Speed Cameras Help Lower Pedestrian Collisions In Montgomery County

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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.

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