The forward-thinking Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) of Washington, D.C. has long deployed a successful traffic safety camera program aimed at reducing red-light running, slowing speeders and improving driver behavior. Since the current program’s inception in 2001, traffic fatalities in the District have dropped 76 percent.
Today, MPD launched a new traffic safety program – DC Street Safe – to further protect D.C. residents and keep district roads safe. DC Street Safe uses cutting edge traffic enforcement technologies to combat aggressive and dangerous driving habits that endanger all D.C. road users. The program is especially beneficial to those in D.C. that are most vulnerable, like pedestrians and bicyclists. In 2011, pedestrians and bicyclists made up 40 percent of D.C. traffic fatalities, compared to the national average of 17 percent.
To help explain the purpose of the program, MPD is launching DC Street Safe with a series of videos that describe the new technologies to D.C. residents and drivers in a relatable and colloquial way. The program includes the following new technologies. Watch the videos below to learn more.
Gridlock enforcement units that will improve traffic flow by targeting “blocking the box” at intersections
Portable stop sign enforcement units to reduce violations in residential neighborhoods
Portable crosswalk enforcement units that will enhance pedestrian safety at crosswalks near schools, parks, and recreation centers
Speed enforcement units that will focus on intersections with known speeding problems
Units that will enforce rules on oversized and overweight commercial vehicles in order to reduce infrastructure damage and enhance quality of life in District neighborhoods
NCSR applauds the DC Street Safe program and MPD’s efforts to raise public awareness about the safety benefits of camera enforcement in the District. Given the safety successes of MPD’s existing camera program, DC Street Safe is a significant step forward in protecting the drivers, passengers, bicyclists and pedestrians that use D.C. roadways.
For more information on D.C.’s new program, visit www.DCStreetSafe.org.
Visit the MPD’s YouTube channel for more on the campaign videos.