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Police in Montgomery County are beginning targeted crosswalk enforcement to try to reduce the number of accidents involving pedestrians. 
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Police in Montgomery County are beginning targeted crosswalk enforcement to try to reduce the number of accidents involving pedestrians. 

 

Police in Montgomery County are stepping up enforcement of crosswalk laws at eight dangerous intersections.

The department is focusing on intersections where there have been high numbers of accidents, including stretches of Piney Branch Road in Silver Spring, Connecticut Avenue in Aspen Hill, and Wisconsin Avenue at the Bethesda Metro Station.

Instead of the usual two officers at each intersection, there will now be as many as eight out enforcing the crosswalk laws as part of the county's ongoing campaign to make the street safer for foot traffic. Enforcement began last week, and will rotate to various locations on a monthly basis.

Officials credit the 4-year-old jaywalking initiative with reducing the number of pedestrian accidents. During the first six months of this year, the tally hit a seven-year low.

But the program has suffered from the depressed economy. Last fiscal year, funding was down by more than $1 million from the previous year, officials say.

 

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