|Little River Turnpike, between Hummer Road and Woodland Road.|
Five of the 11 most dangerous areas for pedestrians are in the Annandale/Mason District area, according to the Fairfax County Police Department’s traffic division crime analyst.
- Leesburg Pike from Patrick Henry Drive to Rio Drive in Seven Corners.
- Little River Turnpike from Hummer Road to Woodland Road, Annandale.
- The 7900 block of Heritage Drive, Annandale.
- The 7500 block of McWhorter Place, Annandale.
- Little River Turnpike from Lincoln Avenue to Beauregard Street, Lincolnia.
The 11 pedestrian trouble spots had a higher incidence of pedestrian fatal or serious injury crashes in the past five years. Many of these crashes occurred in October and November when it starts to get dark early, particularly 6-7 a.m. and 5-10 p.m.
Many of the 11 areas are near bus stops, along bus routes, and on roadways with speed limits of 40 or 45 miles per hour.
In an effort to increase safety for both pedestrians and drivers, FCPD is participating in the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments’ Street Smart traffic safety initiative. Between Oct. 31 and Nov. 27, officers around the county will conduct traffic safety education and enforcement, focusing on the 11 targeted areas.
Officers will advise pedestrians to cross streets only when and where it is permitted and carry a flashlight or wear reflective clothing to increase their chances of being seen from a greater distance. They will urge motorists to slow down and look ahead for pedestrians, particularly near bus stops and residential and shopping areas.
In addition to the ones listed above, the other pedestrian danger zones are in Centreville, Fairfax, Chantilly, Springfield, and Alexandria.