WASHINGTON — In an effort to improve pedestrian safety, police analysts have mapped nearly a dozen areas in Fairfax County where pedestrians are more frequently killed or seriously hurt in crashes.
Police collected data spanning from Jan. 1, 2011 through July 28, 2016 and identified the 11 problem areas:
Centrewood Drive and Saint Germain Road, Centreville
Lee Jackson Memorial Highway (U.S. Route 50) and Metrotech Drive, Chantilly
Gallows Road from Arlington Boulevard (U.S. Rt. 50) to Interstate 66, Fairfax
Leesburg Pike (Va. Route 7) from Patrick Henry Drive to Rio Drive, Falls Church
Little River Turnpike (Va. Route 236) from Hummer Road to Woodland Road, Annandale
7900 block of Heritage Drive, Annandale
7500 block of McWhorter Place, Annandale
Backlick Road and Hechinger Drive, Springfield
Little River Turnpike (Va. Rt. 236) from Lincoln Avenue to Beauregard Street, Alexandria
Lockheed Boulevard from Fordson Avenue to Richmond Highway (U.S. Route 1), Alexandria
The 7900, 8100, 8300, 8600 and 8700 blocks of Richmond Highway (U.S. Rt. 1), Alexandria
October and November tends to be a bad time of year for pedestrians because mornings and nights are darker.
Last year, 22 people lost their lives in car crashes — 11 of them were pedestrians, according to Fairfax County police spokeswoman Tawny Wright.
Wright said eight of the 17 traffic fatalities this year were pedestrians.
Many of the accidents in the police analysis occurred around bus routes or in shopping areas. Wright said the Gallows Road and Centerwood Drive locations were among the worst in the area.
Police released the figures as part of a broader Street Smart traffic safety initiative, educational and an enforcement effort that runs Monday through Sunday, Nov. 27. Wright said police will be handing out fliers urging pedestrians to follow the rules of the road as well as ticketing speeding drivers.