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Pedestrian Collisions in DC

On average, there have been 665 collisions involving pedestrians. In 2008, pedestrians accounted for 38% of the traffic fatalities in the District of Columbia, which showed a significant increase from 2002 where pedestrians accounted for 18% of the fatalities in the District of Columbia.

Year Collisions Involving Pedestrian Fatalities Total Collisions
2000 19 52
2001 14 73
2002 9 50
2003 21 70
2004 10 45
2005 16 49
2006 17 41
2007 25 54
2008 14 39
2009 16 33

The Metropolitan Police Department has placed pedestrian enforcement efforts in areas identified as particularly dangerous, according to crash data provided by the DC Department of Transport (DDOT). During every pedestrian safety wave, emphasis is placed on education ad safety tips to help community members gain awareness of efforts that may be taken to reduce pedestrian collisions and fatalities.

The Council of the District of Columbia enacted the Pedestrian Safety Amendment of 2005 on March 16, 2005. The law has increased the civil infractions and fines for pedestrians who violate safety measures. Fines range from $10 to $50.

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Behaviors motorists and walkers should avoid and fines for associated violations.