The City of Lancaster, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), has launched a pedestrian education and enforcement program, aimed at promoting safer waking and driving behaviors in Lancaster city.
This coordinated effort between the Department of Public Works and the Lancaster City Police Department, made possible by a grant from PennDOT and NHTSA, falls under Mayor Sorace’s “safe streets” strategic focus area and reminds drivers and pedestrians alike to avoid distraction and slow down. Lancaster is often noted for its walkability and this is another way to make Lancaster city safer for residents and visitors.
In 2017, there were 118 traffic accidents in Lancaster County involving 125 pedestrians, typically caused by behaviors such as vehicles speeding through crosswalks or intersections without yielding to pedestrians, vehicles turning on green when pedestrians have the right of way, pedestrians crossing suddenly or without looking, and pedestrians crossing outside of crosswalks to intersections.
The program will include community outreach to promote safer walking and driving behaviors, and reinforce the message through law enforcement to increase compliance with appropriate traffic laws by both pedestrians and drivers. Police will issue educational “tickets” to drivers and pedestrians to increase awareness of problem behaviors like blocking a crosswalk, texting while driving or driving erratically, without necessarily imposing a fine. Other education and outreach tactics include lunch and learn events, a digital campaign, billboards, posters in parking garages and schools, and community events. Information will be released regularly on the City’s website and social media channels.
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