Application of additional circulation on the faucet at the end of summer time
Prepare for it to get even darker sooner.
Daylight saving time ends early Sunday morning, and with the hindsight of the one hour clocks will come 5pm sunsets and the application of additional traffic in the DC area.
Authorities say November is a critical time for safety on local roads, especially with reduced daylighting during the morning and evening rush hours, and they are stepping up law enforcement to try to counter that.
“Area residents can expect increased enforcement of road safety laws that protect pedestrians and cyclists in the Washington metropolitan area,” said the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, announcing its campaign to Street Smart fall earlier this week. “Police departments in the area will coerce drivers who violate the speed limit or do not stop for pedestrians in crosswalks.”
Arlington County Police said additional enforcement will run from today through the end of the month, with two “high-visibility” enforcement events in between, at Lyon Park and Ballston.
Extract from a press release from the ACPD:
The onset of fall brings cooler temperatures and less daylight during commute hours. Everyone wants you to get to your destination safely, which is why the Arlington County Police Department and law enforcement agencies across the region will be participating in the Metropolitan Washington Council of Government Fall Street Smart Campaign from November 5 to 30. The Street Smart campaign aims to identify and change unsafe behavior among motorists, pedestrians and cyclists, with the goal of reducing the number of collisions and traffic-related injuries on our roads.
Street Smart Enforcement Activations
As part of the Street Smart campaign, officers will conduct high-visibility traffic checks at the following locations:
- Tuesday, November 9, 2021 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Bloc 2500 de Washington Boulevard
- Wednesday, November 17, 2021 from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. – Block 4200 of Fairfax Drive […]
Safety advice for transport
Whether you are traveling on foot, two or four wheels, secure our roads by be a PAL – predictable, alert and lawful.
Drivers are reminded:
- Slow down and obey the posted speed limit.
- Pedestrian stop at pedestrian crossings.
- Be careful when passing buses or stationary vehicles.
- Give way to people walking or cycling around bends.
- Allow at least 3 feet when passing cyclists.
- Avoid using your cell phone and never write text messages while driving. Holding a portable communications device while driving is illegal in Virginia.
Pedestrians are reminded:
- Cross the street on the corner and use the marked crosswalks when available.
- Look both ways before crossing the street.
- See and be seen! Wear light-colored or reflective clothing after dark.
- Watch for blind spots around trucks and buses.
- Avoid using devices that distract you, such as cell phones, when crossing the street.
SOperators of Hared Mobility Devices and cyclists are reminded:
- Ride in the same direction as traffic, using cycle lanes when possible.
- Use hand signals to communicate your intentions to drivers.
- Wear a helmet, mandatory for all cyclists 14 years of age and under and recommended for all other cyclists.
- Keep your eyes on the road and avoid using devices that might distract you.
- Stay visible after dark and in bad weather with light-colored, reflective clothing. Use lights at night when visibility is poor.
The Street Smart campaign includes a public education component, with videos accident survivors and families of those killed on local roads. Among them is Helen Harris, a resident of Arlington, who lost her leg after being struck by a dump truck in Rosslyn in December 2018.