Montgomery County, MD: Pedestrian Safety Remains a Challenge under Vision Zero

There have been 321 pedestrian collisions this year through October, the lowest total during that stretch since 2011. A total of 54 of those collisions were classified as serious, a 2 percent bump from last year’s rate, according to Montgomery County police data.

Didone narrowed collision prevention to four main variables routinely preached by the department: pedestrian alertness, visibility, obeying crosswalks and signage and driver defensiveness. He said pedestrians should work to make eye contact with drivers and not assume they will be seen, in addition to crossing at crosswalks and wearing bright, easy-to-see clothing or reflectors at night. Drivers in turn must be prepared for pedestrians who fail to follow traffic laws or make themselves visible—instead of solely focusing on reaching their destinations as soon as possible.