WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

In Shopping Season, MoCo Police Warn Of Driver-Pedestrian Accidents In Parking Lots

Play associated audio

Black Friday is a week from today. The combination of holiday shopping, thousands of pedestrians and just as many cars makes for a "toxic mix" in large parking lots, according to the Montgomery County police chief.

This scenario is unfortunately very common around the holidays, said police chief Thomas Manger. Drivers backing out of parking spaces don't see people walking behind or next to their car, and those pedestrians get hit, Manger said. He added the holiday season always brings a spike in vehicle-pedestrian collisions, and slowing the increase is difficult. Manger says there is one solution.

"I can't help but think about the fact that police and really anyone in public safety are taught to back into a parking space. Because it's so much safer to pull out of a parking space. I realize not everybody feels comfortable doing that. And there are some parking lots that are so busy or so narrow that it's tough to do," he said.

Manger added that collisions outside of parking lots are usually split on who is to blame — the driver or the pedestrian. But inside parking lots, he says it's the driver's fault around 80 percent of the time.

WAMU 88.5

Remains In Jamestown Linked To Early Colonial Leaders

Scientists from the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and The Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation say they've identified four men buried in the earliest English church in America.
WAMU 88.5

The Democracy Of The Diner

Whether the decor is faux '50s silver and neon or authentic greasy spoon, diners are classic Americana, down to the familiar menu items. Rich, poor, black, white--all rub shoulders in the vinyl booths and at formica counters. We explore the enduring appeal and nostalgia of the diner.

WAMU 88.5

D.C. Council Member David Grosso

D.C. Council Member and Chair of the Committee on Education David Grosso joins us to discuss local public policy issues, including the challenges facing D.C. Public Schools.

NPR

Twitter Faces Challenges As It tries To Balance Profitability, Popularity

The social network Twitter is popular with users, but that's not enough. It also needs to be profitable, and by its 140-character nature that's a challenge.

Leave a Comment

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