Minutes of the Safe Crossings Campaign
February 19th, Meeting
A Memorial Service
was held for Mr. Warren Mackie. Mr.
Mackie was struck and killed by a car while walking in the 9100 block
of Richmond Highway. The
Rising Hope Mission, a partner with the Safe Crossings Campaign,
organized the Memorial Service.
On 7 Feb 2002, a man was struck and
killed by a vehicle at the intersection of South Kings Highway and
Senate Bill 397
Bill would have reallocated 25% of surface transportation funds
to improvement of pedestrian access.
The Bill failed in committee with a vote of 5 to 9.
The Bill may be reintroduced in future session of Virginia
Congress. Safe Crossings
members may be asked to testify in Richmond and to rally support for
Additional Potential Solutions for
No turn of Red when Pedestrians are Present signs at dangerous
Traffic cameras for red light and speed enforcement.
Re-timing lights to allow for spacing of cars between lights so
that pedestrians can cross.
Yield to Pedestrian signs at entrances to businesses.
No U-Turn Signs at intersections with substantial pedestrian
traffic (i.e. Latson (sp??) Lane.
Police Statistics for the Corridor
Captain Barrett of the Mount Vernon District spoke at Safe
Crossings meeting on 19 February 2002.
He provided the following details:
Within the last 30 days there have been 7 casualties in
the Mount Vernon Rte 1 corridor (5 in automobiles and 2 pedestrians).
Closure of Woodlawn and Beulah (sp?) Roads after
September 11 have caused a significant increase in traffic on the Rte
1 corridor. The closures
have eliminated two of the four East/West connectors in the district. The number of accidents in the Fort Belvoir portion of
Rte 1 has increased by 36% since the closures; accidents in the Mount
Vernon district as a whole have increased by 13%.
The response time for ambulances within the corridor has also
Operation Safe Corridor (?)
Begins 1 March 2002
Runs for 45 days, 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
Patrol Officers from all over the Mount Vernon District will be
employed in ticketing aggressive driving, running of red lights and
speeding. Ticketing will
include pedestrian issues such as drivers making right turn on red
while Pedestrians are in the crosswalk.
Safe Crossing trying to get “Yield to Pedestrian” signs
placed at dangerous intersections in conjunction with the enforcement
Source: Metroped Advocate Pat Davis