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Program Updates

Heads Up, Phones Down Video Contest for High School Students Accepting Submissions through March 31

Montgomery County teens have an opportunity to win some great prizes by producing videos to encourage their peers to minimize cell phones distracting them while driving and walking.

Students can submit their entries on the website’s entry form through March 31. Students may also qualify for up to five Student Service Learning (SSL) hours for successfully completing an entry.  Winning entries will be posted on our website on Friday, April 14th, and will be posted on the MCDOT website.

Montgomery County promotes teen road safety with ‘Heads Up Phones Down’ video contest (fox5dc.com)
'Heads up, phones down' contest aims to inform teens to put down their devices while driving (fox5dc.com)

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Pedestrian Safety for Seniors

Pedestrian Safety for Seniors Walking outside provides a lot of health benefits. With the weather changing and sunset coming earlier, it’s important for seniors to be aware of how these changes may affect their walking habits. MCDOT shares tips on how to identify the signs that make older pedestrians more vulnerable while out and about and some tips on how to travel more safely. MCDOT is visiting several community centers around the county this month to meet with seniors and share information and resources.  We recently visited Long Branch Damascus, and Margaret Schweinhaut. See the photos.
Senior Ped Safety Presentation - Long Branch Community Center | Flickr
Senior Ped Safety Presentation - Damascus Senior Center | Flickr
Senior Ped Safety Presentation - Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center | Flickr

Pedestrian Safety Outreach

Our team has been out in the community talking to residents about pedestrian safety. Have you seen us? Keep an eye out, we may be visiting your neighborhood soon. Here are some photos from recent events.
Ped Safety Outreach - Giant (Wheaton) | Flickr
Pedestrian Safety Outreach - Safeway (Wheaton) | Flickr
Takoma Park Farmers Market - Ped Safety Outreach | Flickr

Learn about Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons

A pedestrian hybrid beacon (PHB), also commonly known as High-Intensity Activated Cross Wal K (HAWK) beacons, is designed to help pedestrians safely cross busy streets by providing a protected crossing. While slightly different in appearance than typical traffic signals, pedestrian activation of this beacon is performed like other push-button activated traffic signals in the County.  Ultimately, activating the PHB ultimately displays a red signal indication to stop traffic, allowing pedestrians to cross the road with a WALK signal. We are planning visits to other neighborhoods in the County to talk about how to activate and use PHB’s.

PBH Outreach (Tuckerman lane) - Grosvenor Metro Station | Flickr PBH OUTREACH - Democracy Blvd & Davis Library (Giant Foods) | Flickr PBH Outreach (Summit & Brookfield) - Safeway, Kensington | Flickr

Take the Pledge for Safety

Pledge to be safe while walking, biking, or driving in and around Montgomery County.


Programs and Projects

As an ongoing commitment to the safety of Montgomery County residents, the Montgomery County Department of Transportation administers a variety of pedestrian and traffic programs aimed at educating students, bikers, and residents of Montgomery County on the importance of transportation safety and awareness.


Improving Safety in Montgomery County

By combining the three E's of pedestrian safety - Engineering, Education, and Enforcement - MCDOT is implementing engineering improvements on county roadways, public education campaigns, and targeted enforcement of traffic laws. These efforts have shown signs of reducing the frequency and severity of pedestrian collisions.

How We Work with VisionZero

Vision Zero roadway safety program seeks to eliminate and reduce pedestrian-related collision and fatalities to zero (0), by 2030. The program focuses on introducing a safe systems approach to education and training, improving the engineering of infrastructure for high-injury area, maintenance of quick-action traffic incident response, traffic safety enforcement, and state policy safety plans.