Media Release from Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) on October 30, 2017
As days continue to get shorter in the fall, the conclusion of Daylight Saving Time this weekend will create even trickier conditions when it comes to visibility in the morning and early evening. To help drivers, bicyclists, pedestrians, and all those who share the roads, staff of the Fairfax Connector have scheduled special outreach events through Thursday, November 9, to distribute reflective flashers. Dates and times will be announced via the Connector’s social media channels, including Facebook and Twitter. Commuters will be able to pick up a “Be smart. Be Safe. Be Seen.” flasher at select Fairfax County transit centers and high-traffic areas (while supplies last), including:
- Reston Town Center
- Vienna Metro
- Franconia-Springfield Metro
- Wiehle-Reston East Metro
- Lorton VRE Station
- Richmond Highway and Bedford Drive (Alexandria)
- Pentagon Transit Center
Fairfax Connector reminds drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists to be especially alert before dawn and after dusk, when the nearly 75 percent of pedestrian crash fatalities occur.* Pedestrians should follow these safety tips:
- Use sidewalks, crosswalks, and (where available) pedestrian signal buttons and indicators
- Walk on the shoulder facing oncoming traffic if there is no sidewalk
- Never assume a driver sees you. Make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of vehicles
- Wear reflective materials in the early morning and at night
- Use a flashlight to walk safely in the dark and to signal bus operators
- Don’t get distracted by your electronic devices or headphones. Eyes up!
* Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration National Center for Statistics and Analysis, “Traffic Safety Facts, 2015 Data,” Washington, 2017.
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